Support for free bus travel

Local jobseekers have been given a boost with a new free travel scheme which comes in to operation in January.

The ‘Bus for Jobs’ initiative, which is being backed by Stagecoach and other major bus operators, aims to help thousands of jobseekers find employment by giving them free bus travel.

The scheme, organised by the Greener Journeys sustainable travel campaign and supported by major bus operators, will enable jobseekers, especially young people, to use their routes free of charge for a month.

Overall it will cover more than 70 per cent of the country’s bus routes, to provide practical help for people who are actively seeking work or taking part in training.

Charlie Mullen, managing director of Stagecoach East Scotland, said: “The bus is Britain’s most important mode of public transport. It is how millions of people across the UK access employment, education and training every day.

“‘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.”

The initiative is available to jobseekers who have been unemployed for between three months and a year and covers holders of a JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card which is available through JobCentre Plus.

Those eligible 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.