North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt is supporting the Rail Delivery Group’s initiative to raise awareness about a travel discount card that helps to lower the cost of finding work. The Rail Delivery Group brings together train companies and Network Rail to enable a better railway.
The Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card is available to those claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit for between 13-39 weeks (18-24 year olds) or 13-52 weeks (25 and over). It offers jobseekers a 50% discount on train fares (Anytime Day tickets, Off Peak Day tickets, and Season tickets) as they travel to interviews, to the Jobcentre or to and from training, for up to three months at a time.
Nationally, between March 2017 and March 2018, 518,822 discounted journeys were made by jobseekers, with 118 jobseekers having taken advantage of the discount card’s benefits in North East Bedfordshire.
“It is great to see the train companies and Jobcentre Plus working together. The cost of travel can sometimes be a barrier to getting to interviews and training. However, it is initiatives like these that are making the difference in getting people into work. I support the Rail Delivery Group in raising awareness for this scheme and want to help them ensure that everyone who is eligible in NE Bedfordshire knows about the discounts available”.
To be eligible for the discount card, one of the following criteria must be satisfied:
- Claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit AND are aged 18-24 and have been unemployed for 13-39 weeks
- Claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit AND are 25 or over and have been unemployed for 13-52 weeks
- Claiming Incapacity Benefit, Employment & Support Allowance or Income Support AND are actively engaged with an advisor in returning to employment.