In January some 800,000 unemployed jobseekers will be granted free bus travel. Greener Journeys – the campaign to promote sustainable travel – has forged a deal with the UK’s leading bus companies to enable jobseekers, especially the young, to use their routes free of charge for a month.
The scheme will cover holders of a JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card. Those who are eligible for the card, which is available through JobCentre Plus, include people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support and actively engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser in returning to employment.
It is supposed to be being publicised locally by the participating bus companies (though the Stagecoach website doesn't appear to say anything about it). A website has been set up for younger bus travellers - at the request of Norman
I've always wondered why the last government gave pensioners free unlimited bus travel, regardless of income or wealth, yet students and job seekers, on far lower incomes and an equal or greater need to travel were left out. This is a step in the right direction.
It would be good to see the scheme extended beyond January and job seekers, but for January I will blog nothing bad about our local bus operator.