Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card

I am aware that the cost of travel for jobseekers who need to attend interviews, training or meetings at the Jobcentre can be worrying and I was pleased to learn from the Rail Delivery Group about the The Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card.

It is available to eligible people in England, Wales and Scotland who have been out of work for 12 weeks or longer and 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.

The 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 obtain the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card and further information on eligiblity you will need to apply at your nearest Jobcentre Plus branch.

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2 Comments

  1. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted March 27, 2018 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I hope that does not come out of taxation.

    Taxpayers generally have to pay full fares. If there is money to help workers commuting please make it deductible from our taxable income.

  2. RDM
    Posted March 28, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    It’s a pity Training, or re-training, is not available from the Jobcentre!

    For example; A HGV driver has to, every five years, by law, do, and pay for, a Medical (£235), Optician(£135), Digicard( £36 and Tracking), and a CPC training course! The course, at over £600!

    With rates down to £12ph, how do they earn enough?

    If they can’t, and end up in a Job Centre, rather then providing the training, they can do nothing, and so keep them on the dole!

    They end up losing their entitlement to drive!

    So, why bother driving? The tracking, the use, by Agency’s and Company’s, of the drivers data, the cost of doing the above, every five years, and the rate, per hour, is now down to a level that it is not feasible to drive, for a living!

    Agency’s use the Digicard and Tracking to reduce or not pay for compulsory breaks, or any time stuck in traffic, etc,… The driver has no chance!

    And, if this is combined with no address, the driver is in real trouble.

    Please note; Continental drivers spend 25 to 30 days a month within their Cab!

    Would you want to pay for an address, keep a house empty, back home?

    RDM.

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