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Jobseekers urged to apply for free railcard that slashes fares by 50%


JOBSEEKERS can get 50 per cent off train fares when they take advantage of a free railcard.

The Job Centre Plus Travel Discount Card slashes the cost of travel in half for those who are looking to find work.

Jobseekers can get half price rail fare to help them look for work

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The scheme isn’t new but the Rail Delivery Group is keen to raise awareness of the perk.

Research found that between March 2017 and March 2018, passengers used the cards to pay for almost 290,000 journeys in London compared to just under 2,000 in the North East, reports MoneySavingExpert.

Unemployment is expected to jump to 7.5 per cent – equal to 2.6million people – by the end of the year, according to The Bank of England.

The railcard will be beneficial to anyone who needs to travel to find a new job.

Travel discount card: Are you eligible?

HERE are the rules about qualifying for the travel card:

To be eligible, you must have been claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit for at least three months.

There are two cards, one for those aged between 18-24 and those over 25.

You might also be able to pick up the card if you are claiming certain other benefits like Incapacity Benefit and Income Support but are actively looking for work.

The card, which can be used on all train operator services, gives 50 per cent off on Anytime Day tickets, Off Peak Day tickets and three-month season tickets.

To apply, visit your local Job Centre Plus office.

It can be used to get half price rail fares for Anytime Day tickets, Off Peak Day tickets and three-month season tickets across all operating services for those who are actively looking for work.

There are two cards available – one for those aged between 18 and 24 and another for those who are 25-years-old and older, but you must be claiming certain benefits to qualify for one.

Those who have claimed Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit for at least three months are eligible for the discount card.

People who get Incapacity Benefit or Income Support and are making an effort to look for work may also be entitled to one.

But you’re not guaranteed to be given one – your work adviser will need to assess your circumstances before issuing you with one.

For more information, speak to your work coach or check out the GOV.UK website.

There are a number of ways families on benefits who struggle to make their cash stretch until payday can get extra help.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the old or new Universal Credit system you are entitled to added discounts to help your money go further.

Here’s what you can get and how to apply, from discounted BT phone and broadband to free school meals.

Another 114,000 workers lost jobs last month with 730,000 unemployed since March





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