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Free bus travel for job seekers

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 December 2012

The pass is valid on First bus routes in North Somerset

The pass is valid on First bus routes in North Somerset

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JOB hunters across North Somerset will be able to travel for free on buses as part of a new scheme.

Bus For Jobs will be introduced in January to help people get to job interviews, training courses and other opportunities to gain employment.

Bus firm First has signed up to introduce the national scheme throughout the district from January 1-31, and it will also be operated on North Somerset Council-supported routes on evenings and weekends.

People aged 18 and over who are not in employment, education or training can use the scheme to travel for free when they present their JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card to the driver.

The cards are available from JobCentre Plus, and to apply for one you must receive jobseekers’ allowance, incapacity benefit, employment and support allowance or income support, and must be engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser about returning to work.

It is hoped the scheme will help the thousands of people in North Somerset who are currently claiming job seekers’ allowance. In November, the figure totalled 3,220 people, 2.5 per cent of the district’s population.

It is part of a nationwide initiative which now includes more than 70 per cent of bus routes through England, Wales and Scotland aimed at making it easier for people, especially young people, to get back into employment.

Although most local service providers in the country have signed up, long-distance bus services do not form part of the initiative.

North Somerset Council’s deputy leader and executive member for transport and economic development, Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, said: “This scheme will offer help for those who may need to get to job interviews or perhaps training courses.

“Initiatives like this which can help make our young people’s job prospects brighter is to be welcomed.”

3 comments

  • The fare card for those that reach 60 has been taken away which means in a few years you will have to be 65 before you get one. I may be wrong but, with the ever increasing numbers of unemployed it has come to a point where it will cost more to subsidise the younger generation to travel, who will be looking for work, than those of us who have given a lifetime in employment for no reward. This will inevitably mean a huge increase in the cost of travel to those that have to pay.

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    Neptune

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • Neptune - The country has gone mad !! - Luckily , we already have our Pension Plus Pass for the local buses -- Advise to people in the future - become unemployed @ 58 ish - have a 'Pension Forecast' -- You may be surprised at benefits U may (MAY ) be entitled to

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    bill

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • It's strange how all the usual suspects have not commented on this story, do we think they have been blocked?

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    Neptune

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

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