Eligible local jobseekers will be given free bus travel on any of the routes run by Brighton and Hove Buses, as well as routes run by some other companies, for one month from January the 1st 2013, in a deal brokered between the Greener Journeys campaign, bus companies and encouraged by local MP Norman Baker, who, in his capacity as Transport Minister, has been pushing for bus companies to do more to provide support for young people.
The Bus for Jobs scheme will provide free travel on participating bus routes for jobseekers who have been out of employment for between three months and a year, although the scheme is particularly aimed at young people. The scheme covers holders of a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card who currently receive a 50% discount and who now will be able to travel absolutely free of charge.
Norman says: "I have been working with bus companies to come forward with ideas to support young people, particularly those who are trying to get work and I am very pleased with the plan that they have developed in conjunction with the Greener Journeys campaign.
"In order to get a job, you need to be able to able to get to it and this scheme will provide that accessibility and help many who are simply looking for a chance to get on. I am particularly pleased that Brighton and Hove Buses has embraced the scheme which will mean that many jobseekers in the Lewes constituency be eligible for this free travel."
Contact Norman at:
23 East Street,
Tel: (01273) 480281.
Fax: (01273) 480287.