Job­less canget travel boost

East Kilbride News - - SCHOOLS - Mark Pirie

The Rail De­liv­ery Group has launched an ini­tia­tive 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 per cent 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.

Be­tween March 2017 and March 2018, 196 job­seek­ers took ad­van­tage of the dis­count card’s ben­e­fits in East Kil­bride, Strathaven and Les­ma­hagow.

Lo­cal MP Dr Lisa Cameron backed the ini­tia­tive and 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.”

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