Pete Wishart MP has put his support behind a rail discount scheme to the benefit of people across Scotland facing unemployment following the COVID 19 pandemic.
The Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount card is available to anyone that is claiming Jobseeker’s allowance or Universal Credit. After 3 months of claiming they can apply for the card through their Work Coach and at their local Jobcentre Plus.
The MP for Perthshire North spoke of his support for the scheme in benefitting those facing unemployment across Scotland.
Pete Wishart MP said:
“The Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card aims to alleviate the financial hardship of those who are currently out of work.
“The card offers 50% off on train journeys across the country, making it easier for people to get to and from job interviews, and ultimately helping people to get back into work as we emerge from the pandemic.
“Use of the card has fallen considerably since the pandemic began, which is concerning as it suggests that many jobseekers across Scotland are missing out on this significant discount. I would encourage anybody who is eligible to take full advantage of it.”
In the year pre-COVID, Scottish jobseekers made a total of 64,400 journeys saving a total of £1.5m using their discount card.
These numbers dropped dramatically during the pandemic to 43,700 say the Rail Delivery Group.
Chief Executive of Rail Delivery Group, Jacqueline Starr, said:
“Over 700,000 journeys were made during the pandemic by people using the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card, including 43,700 in Scotland, but with the world of work opening back up and new opportunities becoming available, we want to encourage even more people to take advantage as they look to secure new jobs.
“The railway is a key part of Britain’s clean and fair recovery, and this discount card is yet another way that train companies are helping the country to bounce back.”
To apply for the discount card, contact your nearest Jobcentre for more information at: https://find-your-nearest-jobcentre.dwp.gov.uk/