Free Bus Travel for Unemployed – Where’s the Catch?
Unemployed to be offered Free Bus Travel?
The EADT says,
Bus companies taking part in the scheme include Chambers Coaches, Anglian Buses, First, TGM and Arriva The Shires & Essex.
Claire Haigh, chief executive of Greener Journeys, said: “In difficult economic times, this new scheme from Greener Journeys will provide a helpful start to the new year, enabling job hunters to travel around more easily in search of employment, to job interviews with prospective employers, and to training courses which will help them find work.
“This scheme will give people looking for employment access to free bus travel for one month. This will help many of them secure their first job, or a place on a relevant training course.”
Where’s the catch ?
The Bus for Jobs scheme will provide free travel on the bus services for the month of January and job- seekers who have been unemployed for between three months and one year will be eligible.
Next one here.
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.
The JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card is one of those magical things you hear about but do not know anybody who actually has one.
In any case that it is only available to those on JSA and not also on the Work Programme.
If you want to enter this merry world, for a month’s bus travel, and find that this scheme is unlikely to help you, first see this: Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card Eligibility by Andy Woolford Here.
Still, nice free publicity for the bus companies.