Jobless canget travel boost
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.”