Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card - 50% off all Rail fares!
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Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card - 50% off all Rail fares!

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LocalFound 13th Dec 2012
Not many people know about this at all (including Jobcentre themselves) - but you can get 50% off all rail fares (across the UK) if are on, either:

- Jobseekers Allowance: if you're aged 18-24 and have been unemployed for three to nine months
- Jobseekers Allowance: if you're 25 or over and have been unemployed for three to 12 months
- Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support: if you're actively engaged with an adviser in returning to employment.

The card will be valid for at least 3 months and can be used for the first couple of months of a new job. You can only get this by talking with your Jobcentre Plus advisor (ensure to take two passport-sized photos with you) and you will be made to fill out a form and then given a card right away.

Also, londoners have a similar scheme with 1/2 price bus fayre on Oyster.
Form from the post office, get job centre to fill out, hand into post office and they give it to you there and then, then go to undetrground and they load the card on.
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Pays not to work anymore

What next money off stamps?
talbert

Pays not to work anymoreWhat next money off stamps?



Feel free to leave your job, become unable to pay your bills, potentially lose your home, not afford your family any decent christmas gifts and get the railcard discount
As someone that works in the charity sector, this is a good find. Some smaller charities are really struggling financially (like most people and organisations, of course) so this can be a good way of reducing expenses costs for some of their volunteers and, in turn, themselves.
Plenty of people on benefits have more surplus cash than people that pay their way in life so talberts point is relevant in thousands of families situations!

Governments fault for allowing it, bottom feeders then take it
You are not eligible if you are participating in the Work Programme.
Is this apply only for British Citizens or Other Non-European Citizens??
I'm an Indian Citizen. Un-Employed. Please advice.
Keelan1985

As someone that works in the charity sector, this is a good find. Some … As someone that works in the charity sector, this is a good find. Some smaller charities are really struggling financially (like most people and organisations, of course) so this can be a good way of reducing expenses costs for some of their volunteers and, in turn, themselves.



More info:
southernrailway.com/tic…rd/
johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/201…of/

It really is up to the discretion of their personal advisor in the end, but I was told that this scheme is now valid from Day 1 of JSA - not three months (as stated on the TfL website), whether or not that is correct I do not know. There is also a Mayor Fare scheme, which allows free bus travel for JSA claimants.
Edited by: "S23" 13th Dec 2012
Foreigners that are unemployed get the Bank of England thrown at them especially if they're disabled, an ethnic minority and a pregnant lady! White, war hero male pensioner gets screwed and forgotten...
london7117

I'm an Indian Citizen. Un-Employed. Please advice.



You can only get this if you are receiving one of the above mentioned benefits. To claim Jobseekers Allowance, you need to be a permanent resident of the UK, I believe. More info here: gov.uk/job…ity


sparklehedgehog

Foreigners that are unemployed get the Bank of England thrown at them … Foreigners that are unemployed get the Bank of England thrown at them especially if they're disabled, an ethnic minority and a pregnant lady! White, war hero male pensioner gets screwed and forgotten...



Cool story bro, take your 'bah humbug' somewhere else (local MP would be a start...)

Edited by: "S23" 13th Dec 2012
sparklehedgehog - funny you should say this as on the site there are other cards for different groups, never knew they existed, but a good heads up

Veterans Oyster photocard - http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14424.aspx

Older or disabled Freedom Pass - http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14305.aspx

60+ oyster - http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/25652.aspx

Never knew any of this existed - some great info.


Chances are its somebody like you that is my local mp, that's the problem! You carry on crippling this nations budget...

sparklehedgehog

Foreigners that are unemployed get the Bank of England thrown at them … Foreigners that are unemployed get the Bank of England thrown at them especially if they're disabled, an ethnic minority and a pregnant lady! White, war hero male pensioner gets screwed and forgotten...



Cool story bro, take your 'bah humbug' somewhere else (local MP would be a start...)

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talbert

Pays not to work anymoreWhat next money off stamps?



Yup ....... Money off stamps were offered this Christmas to those on benefit !!
I think everyone who has been unemployed for over 2 years should get an IPad Mini!!!!

Don't know why though.....

Plus if your unemployed you should be able to have as many children as you like... And the tax payer should foot the bill!!!
valid only in London,not across the country
people on benefits (and i know quite a few) do not have loads of spare cash. in fact, most of them spend what they get in the first few days paying bills, buying food, etc. most people on benefits have no cash at all for the second week. but that money goes into local shops which employ mostly women part time who are trying to supplement the family income. many people are on minimum wage (not even living wage) and this is vital to them. the shopkeepers also make money which goes into things like the leisure industry and home improvements for their family , in turn creating jobs and on and up the money goes. or we could give the money to the banks so businesses can borrow just to keep going, get into more debt in the hope that things will get better which leads to failed businesses and more people on benefits. when all you nazis have finished with your ethnic cleansing, you may well find that you are now the lowest rung in society. I wish you well of it.
frosa

valid only in London,not across the country



The photocard itself is valid across the UK. The link shows the prices when used in conjunction with Oyster.
anyone know if this is available in northern ireland?
I'm sick to the **** teeth seeing blue collar **** posting about people on benefits as if it concerns them. Why the **** do you deify the **** masters of this country who shaft the people from all angles -- they're the reason people can't find a job. The money that goes to benefits is a **** pittance compared to the frivolous **** that the government **** our taxes away on year in, year out.

I just lost a job because it was a temporary contract and wasn't renewed. I sure as **** don't want to go back to the bloody jobcentre. I'm pretty sure almost no-one does. It's truly bleak and if you ever find yourself in that situation, you'll understand. I wouldn't be surprised if half of the people who whinge about job seekers are admin monkeys in jobs that you have to TRY to be fired from, full of whining, incompetent, disinterested dumb asses.
talbert

Pays not to work anymoreWhat next money off stamps?



no free housing, 25K tax free (so really nearer 35K for us that work!!), no council tax, etc....oh!
johnstalvern

I'm sick to the **** teeth seeing blue collar **** posting about people … I'm sick to the **** teeth seeing blue collar **** posting about people on benefits as if it concerns them. Why the **** do you deify the **** masters of this country who shaft the people from all angles -- they're the reason people can't find a job. The money that goes to benefits is a **** pittance compared to the frivolous **** that the government **** our taxes away on year in, year out.I just lost a job because it was a temporary contract and wasn't renewed. I sure as **** don't want to go back to the bloody jobcentre. I'm pretty sure almost no-one does. It's truly bleak and if you ever find yourself in that situation, you'll understand. I wouldn't be surprised if half of the people who whinge about job seekers are admin monkeys in jobs that you have to TRY to be fired from, full of whining, incompetent, disinterested dumb asses.



i was made redundant and signed on jobseekers for 3 weeks, was a good motivator to get another job, not that i needed it. What annoyed me was that i wasnt entitled to anything except jobseekers, despite paying taxes for past 25 ruddy years. It was because i got redundancy pay of a few 000's which is all well and good but they dont take into consideration that will last 2-3 months when you have big monthly bills to pay, which they dont care about - some of these mortgage but also council tax. Aslo, they way benfits are done is stupid - this dept this benefit, this dept for this benefit. yeh ill spend 5 years and spend my jobseekers just phoning the public sector waste of space muppets!!
Edited by: "royals" 14th Dec 2012
talbert

Pays not to work anymoreWhat next money off stamps?



Proof?
sparklehedgehog

Plenty of people on benefits have more surplus cash than people that pay … Plenty of people on benefits have more surplus cash than people that pay their way in life so talberts point is relevant in thousands of families situations!Governments fault for allowing it, bottom feeders then take it



Have you statistical evidence to support this idea?
sparklehedgehog

Foreigners that are unemployed get the Bank of England thrown at them … Foreigners that are unemployed get the Bank of England thrown at them especially if they're disabled, an ethnic minority and a pregnant lady! White, war hero male pensioner gets screwed and forgotten...



Any statistical evidence to support this idea also?
talbert

I think everyone who has been unemployed for over 2 years should get an … I think everyone who has been unemployed for over 2 years should get an IPad Mini!!!!Don't know why though.....Plus if your unemployed you should be able to have as many children as you like... And the tax payer should foot the bill!!!



surely it should not matter if you are employed, self-employed, or unemployed?? The number of children you choose to have is a matter of personal decision and biology? That's the joy of living within a free society.
this should help a lot of ppl on hukd
royals

no free housing, 25K tax free (so really nearer 35K for us that work!!), … no free housing, 25K tax free (so really nearer 35K for us that work!!), no council tax, etc....oh!



sentence, convoluted, words....string together. cannot.
This is a good deal for those who can get it especially any drivers, in my experience jobseekers can only run a car for so long before the petrol/insurance becomes too much so this would provide cheaper transport for some to actually get to a job at least before they could earn something.
The amount of jobs that prefer/require you to have your own transport is ridiculous, I once got turned down from a job even though I was taking my tests because they were worried about how I would get there, umm if you don't have a car there is something called a bus and a train oO -bringing me back to the point of this train card, it's helpful :).
This is really helpful if you live in London. Seems like it is a TFL idea and good for them. Over 60s can travel free as well as travel deal for veterans. Have some heat OP. :-)
sparklehedgehog

Foreigners that are unemployed get the Bank of England thrown at them … Foreigners that are unemployed get the Bank of England thrown at them especially if they're disabled, an ethnic minority and a pregnant lady! White, war hero male pensioner gets screwed and forgotten...


Where is the nearest bridge.......
When searching for employment, you're expected to usually spend upto an hour and half travelling to an interview. If you haven't a car, public transport can be a mitigating nightmare being frustrating, and stressful, but the problem is that it's expensive especially if you are on a low income. While the government schemes suppliment and cover travelling expenses to an interview, you must inform and provide evidence to the job centre about the travelling arrangements beforehand. Unfortunately in the past i've fallen foul of the system and been out of pocket for a substantial amount of money. The Travel Discount Card (never had one) on the other hand could provide a lifeline if you need to travel to an interview or work placement, so in the short term the person pays less to cover train tickets.
Edited by: "nemesiz" 14th Dec 2012
Maybe some people should spend more time applying for jobs rather then spend their time applying for things like this.
this card is to help people look for work. £71 a week (and housing benefit/council tax) is not an awful lot but enough to live on if u strip everything back but when u add on the cost of travel to and from interviews or even just to hand c.v's out it does add up. I think it's a great thing as it helps people help themselves and it's important not to misuse this scheme or it my get pulled.
Hi, just had a google and it came up with this on 'whatdotheyknow.com', for anyone interested?

"Please can you tell me what the eligibility requirements for the job
centre plus travel discount card are?

Also is it true I have to be living in or just be about to start a job
in London to be able to get a card?"

In England and Wales, the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card is
available to:
* people who have been claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for 6 months
up until referral to the Work Programme, which is typically at 9 months
for 18-24 year olds and 12 months for 25 year olds and over; and
* people who are claiming Incapacity Benefit, Employment & Support
Allowance or Income Support claimants and are actively engaged with an
adviser about returning to employment.

In Scotland, the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card is available to:
* people who have been claiming Jobseeker's Allowance claimants
for 13 weeks;
* people who are claiming Incapacity Benefit, Employment & Support
Allowance or Income Support claimants and are actively engaged with an
adviser about returning to employment;
* Work Programme participants for two periods of no more than 13
weeks each, during the two-year period on the programme.
* Stage one Work Choice participants.
Turning to your second point, you do not have to live in or be about to
start a job in London to be eligible for the Travel Discount Card.
An excellent post OP will pass that info to people I know who are unemployed and poverty stricken.

Heat given

mumtozm

Maybe some people should spend more time applying for jobs rather then … Maybe some people should spend more time applying for jobs rather then spend their time applying for things like this.



There is definitely no maybe about people with jobs spending time on here during working hours. They should be fired.

johnstalvern

I'm sick to the **** teeth seeing blue collar **** posting about people … I'm sick to the **** teeth seeing blue collar **** posting about people on benefits as if it concerns them. Why the **** do you deify the **** masters of this country who shaft the people from all angles -- they're the reason people can't find a job. The money that goes to benefits is a **** pittance compared to the frivolous **** that the government **** our taxes away on year in, year out.I just lost a job because it was a temporary contract and wasn't renewed. I sure as **** don't want to go back to the bloody jobcentre. I'm pretty sure almost no-one does. It's truly bleak and if you ever find yourself in that situation, you'll understand. I wouldn't be surprised if half of the people who whinge about job seekers are admin monkeys in jobs that you have to TRY to be fired from, full of whining, incompetent, disinterested dumb asses.



I could not agree more
london7117

I'm an Indian Citizen. Un-Employed. Please advice.



Get a job and pay your own way, only a suggestion
johnstalvern

I'm sick to the **** teeth seeing blue collar **** posting about people … I'm sick to the **** teeth seeing blue collar **** posting about people on benefits as if it concerns them. Why the **** do you deify the **** masters of this country who shaft the people from all angles -- they're the reason people can't find a job. The money that goes to benefits is a **** pittance compared to the frivolous **** that the government **** our taxes away on year in, year out.I just lost a job because it was a temporary contract and wasn't renewed. I sure as **** don't want to go back to the bloody jobcentre. I'm pretty sure almost no-one does. It's truly bleak and if you ever find yourself in that situation, you'll understand. I wouldn't be surprised if half of the people who whinge about job seekers are admin monkeys in jobs that you have to TRY to be fired from, full of whining, incompetent, disinterested dumb asses.



These 'admin monkeys' are the ones who keep the country ticking over and pay to keep your household afloat while your between jobs so how about some gratitude mate.

Also, noone wants to be a job seeker. This shows how out of touch you are with modern society with your head firmly in the sand. On my lunch break everyday especially over the summer I saw untold amounts that were very glad of it and their extended brood that they cant support. Sorry that other posters arent as delusional as you.

Now didnt JSA already pay for money to reach job interviews which was all that was necessary. This is just a slap in the face to the rest of this hardworking nation and allows resentment to breed.
I can't believe some of the moaning **** on here; I was unlucky enough to be out of work for six months; I got an interview for a job I knew I could do standing on my head - it was half the wages I normally work for but I thought... beggars can't be choosers.

Due to where the interview was it was going to cost me £25 to get there (Two buses and a taxi - I'd been forced to off-road the car three months earlier due to costs that my massive benefit payment wouldn't quite stretch to); I asked the job centre for help with the cost (If I got the job I wouldn't mind paying the money, but to pay it and not get it...). Did I get any help? No.

This would have made a pretty big difference.

As it was a friend lent me their car for the two interviews that I ended up having. I got the job.

So you see... the government helping people with little things like this can stop some of the self-righteous pricks on this forum from moaning about the unemployed by allowing them to get a job.
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