Jobseekers to get free bus travel for month
For one month only, finding a job will be made a little bit easier because of a unique deal struck with Britain's bus operators. Companies which between them operate 70 per cent of the country's bus routes have agreed to allow jobseekers to travel free in January as long as they produce a Jobcentre Plus travel card.
Arriva, First, Go-Ahead, National Express, Stagecoach and several smaller operators, including Blackpool Transport, Kinchbus, Cardiff Bus, Network Warrington and Trent Barton, have agreed to take part in the scheme, organised by Greener Journeys. Anyone unemployed for between three months and a year will qualify, but organisers say they are particularly targeting the young unemployed. In all, about 817,000 people will be eligible.
The move reflects an anxiety among bus operators that when ministers plan transport policies, buses are given less attention than other forms of transport.
Norman Baker, the Transport Minister, said: "I have been encouraging bus operators to look at the fare deals they can offer to young people looking for work, so I congratulate the operators that are doing so in January and look forward to seeing other offers in the future."
Sir Brian Souter, the chief executive of Stagecoach Group, said: "Bus for Jobs could make the vital difference for those who are struggling to get that first job or training place. In particular, I hope we can help more of our young people make a better start in life."
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered
- 3 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 4 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand
- 5 35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Benefits 'smart cards' plan revealed by Iain Duncan Smith to stop claimants spending welfare money on alcohol
- < Previous
- Next >
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped OTE: SThree: SThree Group have been well ...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE: SThree: Real Staffing Group is seeking Traine...
£120 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: We have an exciting opportunity...
Competitive: Randstad Education Manchester: SEN Teacher urgently required for ...