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MP raises awareness of JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card to help jobseekers in Warrington North into work

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28 Mar 2018
Helen Jones H&S Warrington North MP Helen Jones is supporting the Rail Delivery Group’s initiative, on behalf of Britain’s train companies, to raise awareness about a travel discount card that helps lower the cost of finding work.

The Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card is available to eligible people who have been out of work for 12 weeks or longer. It offers jobseekers a 50% discount on train fares 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 87 jobseekers having taken advantage of the discount card’s benefits in Warrington North.

Helen Jones MP said:
 
"It is great to see the train companies and Jobcentre Plus working together to give jobseekers a helping hand. 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 will continue to support the Rail delivery Group in raising awareness for this scheme."

The Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, Paul Plummer, which brings together train companies and Network Rail to enable a better railway said:
 
"Getting more people into work is part of our long-term plan to change and improve. The partnership railway is committed to spreading economic prosperity across the country. Over half a million discounted journeys were made in the last year but we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible to discounted journeys, in all parts of the country, know about the discounts available."

The Jobcentre plus Travel discount Card provides discounts of 50% on Anytime Day tickets, Off Peak Day tickets, and Season tickets up to three months in duration. The card is valid on all British train operator services and can be used to purchase tickets online, including National Rail Enquiries, at ticket machines and ticket offices.

To be eligible for a 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.

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