Unemployed & have a job interview? Get 50% off your train travel to your interview
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Unemployed & have a job interview? Get 50% off your train travel to your interview

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Found 26th MarEdited by:"reindeer333"
The JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card will get you half price travel on all train lines, although this may vary at peak times, which makes travel to job interviews more affordable.

  • if you're aged 18-24... you can get the card if you've been receiving the required benefits for between three and nine months.
  • if you're 25 or older... you can get the card if receiving the required benefits for between three months and a year.

Jobseekers can pick up the railcard for free from a Jobcentre Plus office.

I am not sure whether you might be able to use this for leisure trips too - I am not currently looking for a job. I hope this is of use for some.

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Brace yourself and thanks for posting this as it says is for people actively looking for work and are paying 50% towards it in the hope they get the job and I wish them all the very best
Edited by: "Buyer1024GB" 26th Mar
Great find op keep up the good work. It will not benefit me as I work but hope it helps others in need.....
This is a good thing. Lets give those who want and need a job a chance, all those misinformed people castigating those who have less than them are misinformed and ignorant of the reality for most people who seek work. Yes there are a minority who will always seek to exploit the benefits system, but, don't we all attempt to pay less tax, and take advantage when the opportunity arises? Remember, this could happen to you one day.
supercasual1 m ago

This is a good thing. Lets give those who want and need a job a chance, …This is a good thing. Lets give those who want and need a job a chance, all those misinformed people castigating those who have less than them are misinformed and ignorant of the reality for most people who seek work. Yes there are a minority who will always seek to exploit the benefits system, but, don't we all attempt to pay less tax, and take advantage when the opportunity arises? Remember, this could happen to you one day.


Well said
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I think you also have to be claming for a while before they will give this out...?
The unemployed I know are a lot better off than I am. Also how many of the unemployed will go far enough for a job interview that they need a train to get there
Brace yourself and thanks for posting this as it says is for people actively looking for work and are paying 50% towards it in the hope they get the job and I wish them all the very best
Edited by: "Buyer1024GB" 26th Mar
Great find op keep up the good work. It will not benefit me as I work but hope it helps others in need.....
This is a good thing. Lets give those who want and need a job a chance, all those misinformed people castigating those who have less than them are misinformed and ignorant of the reality for most people who seek work. Yes there are a minority who will always seek to exploit the benefits system, but, don't we all attempt to pay less tax, and take advantage when the opportunity arises? Remember, this could happen to you one day.
supercasual1 m ago

This is a good thing. Lets give those who want and need a job a chance, …This is a good thing. Lets give those who want and need a job a chance, all those misinformed people castigating those who have less than them are misinformed and ignorant of the reality for most people who seek work. Yes there are a minority who will always seek to exploit the benefits system, but, don't we all attempt to pay less tax, and take advantage when the opportunity arises? Remember, this could happen to you one day.


Well said
You have to be on benefits to get more benefits (travel discounts etc). Heat added tho...
Ghostrecon24 m ago

Some people don't want to work, don't want to wake up early, don't want to …Some people don't want to work, don't want to wake up early, don't want to work hard..They love only living on benefits of the tax payers, enjoying free health service,, drinking alcohol and keep whining about this country does not give them a chance


And some do. What's your point?
Scoot5622 m ago

The unemployed I know are a lot better off than I am. Also how many of the …The unemployed I know are a lot better off than I am. Also how many of the unemployed will go far enough for a job interview that they need a train to get there


I did. In the old days they used to cover all of the costs.
supercasual36 m ago

This is a good thing. Lets give those who want and need a job a chance, …This is a good thing. Lets give those who want and need a job a chance, all those misinformed people castigating those who have less than them are misinformed and ignorant of the reality for most people who seek work. Yes there are a minority who will always seek to exploit the benefits system, but, don't we all attempt to pay less tax, and take advantage when the opportunity arises? Remember, this could happen to you one day.


This actually did happen to me and I have a very very different point of view now. I ran a successfull business that I had to close due to the recession, and had to go on jobseekers.
Whoever the ignorant are who think those looking for work have it easy have probably seen some poor examples of human beings abusing both themselves and the system and extrapolated that to include everyone else.
Most benefits are given to those in work by way of tax credits .
dbizal43 m ago

Wow... You people are vile. I was jobless once and got a few Interviews in …Wow... You people are vile. I was jobless once and got a few Interviews in London - however my travel was paid for via the job centre as shock horror it is actually quite difficult to live off the money you are given whilst looking for work (Food, Gas, Electric etc). I wouldn't have been able to afford to get to the interviews if they didn't help me out. It's easy to dish out vile slurs when you have probably been pampered by Mummy and Daddy all your life, unfortunately some people do not have that luxury.


In 2003, I was not long out of Uni (went as a mature student) and went to interviews all over the country, despite living in Newcastle. On jobseekers and no other benefits at all. The job centre paid my train fairs all over - Birmingham, Cambridge and Lowestoft in one week alone. Couldn’t have gone to any of them otherwise. I didn’t get any of the jobs - but got so good at interviews that I ended up with my pick of the jobs up here, and started a long career with a company that was 10 minutes walk away.

I think 50% is not enough - if they’re trying hard to get work, I’d be happy for the job centre to pay the full fare for them.
AndrewDuffy3 m ago

In 2003, I was not long out of Uni (went as a mature student) and went to …In 2003, I was not long out of Uni (went as a mature student) and went to interviews all over the country, despite living in Newcastle. On jobseekers and no other benefits at all. The job centre paid my train fairs all over - Birmingham, Cambridge and Lowestoft in one week alone. Couldn’t have gone to any of them otherwise. I didn’t get any of the jobs - but got so good at interviews that I ended up with my pick of the jobs up here, and started a long career with a company that was 10 minutes walk away.I think 50% is not enough - if they’re trying hard to get work, I’d be happy for the job centre to pay the full fare for them.


Exactly this. Some people because they are in a Job love to look down at others who are less fortunate. It's disgusting really and no wonder the UK is such a shambles.
shortarms1 m ago

Plenty of jobs about but some people think some jobs are below them.


There aren't everywhere, believe me. I live in a very underfunded poor coastal town.

Some areas are different to others
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How do they know you're not going elsewhere.....
dealerxxx6 m ago

How do they know you're not going elsewhere.....


I assume they'll want to see proof of an interview being scheduled?
dbizal1 h, 52 m ago

Wow... You people are vile. I was jobless once and got a few Interviews in …Wow... You people are vile. I was jobless once and got a few Interviews in London - however my travel was paid for via the job centre as shock horror it is actually quite difficult to live off the money you are given whilst looking for work (Food, Gas, Electric etc). I wouldn't have been able to afford to get to the interviews if they didn't help me out. It's easy to dish out vile slurs when you have probably been pampered by Mummy and Daddy all your life, unfortunately some people do not have that luxury.


Don't worry, most people are generally arrogant. It takes being in that situation to understand the hardship. Good on you for making the effort, most people fall back on the dole and stay there, blaming the country for their misfortune.
Edited by: "speedfire66" 26th Mar
Should be free. Everything else is
Shard1 h, 54 m ago

I did. In the old days they used to cover all of the costs.


And still would if there was proof of interview. This pass can also be used for DWP funded travel via a rail warrant, saving even more money for the tax payer.

This pass can also be used for reduced travel half priced single and return bus tickets on Stagecoach buses.

Source - I'm a jobcentre work coach and have issued the cards in the past.
dealerxxx26th Mar

How do they know you're not going elsewhere.....


You can use it for personal travel during the period you have it.
hearts2249 m ago

I assume they'll want to see proof of an interview being scheduled?


Not at all. If you meet the criteria for the card you meet the criteria.
Scoot562 h, 23 m ago

The unemployed I know are a lot better off than I am. Also how many of the …The unemployed I know are a lot better off than I am. Also how many of the unemployed will go far enough for a job interview that they need a train to get there


You must be in a very low paid job,
I was jobless once when my company ceased trading and it was not as I imagined from the stories like the one you are telling.
Last year I was entitled to £584
because I had paid national insurance I got more than I was supposed to,
My rent was £495 but they only paid for a single room for a single guy, so contribution was £260 in my area, I had £90 to last a month I could not afford heating and are cheap horrible food, I had to go to the job centre each week so lost another £20 in bus fares and still had to pay £22 council tax a month.
Luckily I was only unemployed for a 4 months but it was no holiday, I hated it.
It's people who are on the sick that get lots of money, the ones that have been there years and claim for things they don't have that have the life of Riley!
This link is more relevant than the link at the top.
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I forgot to mention, you can also link this card to an Oyster card if travelling through/in London.
Yup the 50% off is from the all the train franchise companies boss - a gov dept, so 50% off means DWP paid job travel is 50% cheaper and stops lining the train companies pockets via the DWP paid tickets. Little profit in 50% off if any. It’s a good deal all round (excludes shareholders) and makes the train companies actually subsidise taxpayers for once even if it’s just the out of work, it’s getting something back off these financial raping train cartels. Remember there is no obligation or enforcement from Boots or Train Companies to pay U.K. tax, we just have had governments who hand out willy nilly contracts lawyers would laugh at.
Edited by: "seaniboy" 26th Mar
ivorbiggon789 m ago

You must be in a very low paid job, I was jobless once when my company …You must be in a very low paid job, I was jobless once when my company ceased trading and it was not as I imagined from the stories like the one you are telling.Last year I was entitled to £584because I had paid national insurance I got more than I was supposed to,My rent was £495 but they only paid for a single room for a single guy, so contribution was £260 in my area, I had £90 to last a month I could not afford heating and are cheap horrible food, I had to go to the job centre each week so lost another £20 in bus fares and still had to pay £22 council tax a month.Luckily I was only unemployed for a 4 months but it was no holiday, I hated it.It's people who are on the sick that get lots of money, the ones that have been there years and claim for things they don't have that have the life of Riley!


The DWP given your rent should have covered your travel costs to their appointments, anyone in this kind of senario should be asking DWP for travel costs to them.
Scoot562 h, 50 m ago

The unemployed I know are a lot better off than I am. Also how many of the …The unemployed I know are a lot better off than I am. Also how many of the unemployed will go far enough for a job interview that they need a train to get there


If one does this will help them!
Thanks for that I'm move to Scotland and just looking for work and struggling on jobseekers
dbizal3 h, 14 m ago

Wow... You people are vile. I was jobless once and got a few Interviews in …Wow... You people are vile. I was jobless once and got a few Interviews in London - however my travel was paid for via the job centre as shock horror it is actually quite difficult to live off the money you are given whilst looking for work (Food, Gas, Electric etc). I wouldn't have been able to afford to get to the interviews if they didn't help me out. It's easy to dish out vile slurs when you have probably been pampered by Mummy and Daddy all your life, unfortunately some people do not have that luxury.


Worked all my life till I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and nes... and last year I had heart attack a day before my 43rd birthday - claiming benefits was a nightmare and it was 2 years before I got any help... I worked since I was 14 till then. So I fully agree with your statement - people are so quick to judge!! Especially those who categorise with a one brush opinion.
Edited by: "Taylorray" 26th Mar
ivorbiggon7853 m ago

You must be in a very low paid job, I was jobless once when my company …You must be in a very low paid job, I was jobless once when my company ceased trading and it was not as I imagined from the stories like the one you are telling.Last year I was entitled to £584because I had paid national insurance I got more than I was supposed to,My rent was £495 but they only paid for a single room for a single guy, so contribution was £260 in my area, I had £90 to last a month I could not afford heating and are cheap horrible food, I had to go to the job centre each week so lost another £20 in bus fares and still had to pay £22 council tax a month.Luckily I was only unemployed for a 4 months but it was no holiday, I hated it.It's people who are on the sick that get lots of money, the ones that have been there years and claim for things they don't have that have the life of Riley!


Yeah, if you are single and under 35 you get only housing benefit for shared accommodation, which is not a lot of money.

The difference in rent between a room in a house and a 1 bed flat in my town is minimal.
My job centre is 20 miles away and didn't mention anything about this scheme and 5 pounds travel costs to sign on isn't refunded by job centre think that's so wrong.
Taylorray4 h, 28 m ago

Worked all my life till I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia …Worked all my life till I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and nes... and last year I had heart attack a day before my 43rd birthday - claiming benefits was a nightmare and it was 2 years before I got any help... I worked since I was 14 till then. So I fully agree with your statement - people are so quick to judge!! Especially those who categorise with a one brush opinion.


Hope you are ok now.
seaniboy6 h, 36 m ago

The DWP given your rent should have covered your travel costs to their …The DWP given your rent should have covered your travel costs to their appointments, anyone in this kind of senario should be asking DWP for travel costs to them.


Dwp does not pay for appointments,
on universal credit you must attend every week.
The Dwp will only pay travel cost if they ask you more than that and will pay for travel if arranged before and you must come into the office to arrange it, so if you get an interview in 2 days time, you need to go to the job centre tell them and arrange the cheapest travel which they will pay for but they won't pay for trip to the jobcentre to get this in the 1st place.
So sometimes it's just cheaper to pay yourself.
I'm just glad I don't have to go through that ever again, I hope this 50% train travel help but realistically it helps us all, as the dwp is saving the 50% off travel in the long run.
I was unemployed for just over three months after being made redundant over a year ago luckily I had some savings plus a nice top up as a good bye present from the company which meant I didn’t need to claim jobseekers even when I was entitled to it, Got myself another job and luckily the three month period hasn’t been a strain on my finances. Not everyone is in the same position as me but just a thought that not everyone unemployed is claiming. I’d like to think if people needed it more than I did it made no sense for me to take it.
Every little helps, imagine having a job interview and having to weigh up whether you can afford the travel.
My job used to take me to jobcentres. So would see & hear a lot.

This offer has been on for a while (they also used to contribute towards fuel & taxis for long term unemployed).

I do remember one instance where the claimant had claimed for travel to an interview that did not exist.
He fessed up eventually & said it was to visit some mate in uni. - Not sure what the outcome was as I had finished my job & left.
Scoot5613 h, 52 m ago

The unemployed I know are a lot better off than I am. Also how many of the …The unemployed I know are a lot better off than I am. Also how many of the unemployed will go far enough for a job interview that they need a train to get there


70% of people on unemployment benefits are recent claims within the last year. More than half of those claimed in the last 3 months. So given that most people on benefits are actively looking for work, and they find it, I'd imagine a lot of them are willing to put a bit of effort in to attend an interview, and any help they need should be granted. I doubt most of them feel "better off", they probably feel skint and miserable or they wouldn't need help between jobs in the first place.
When I needed this some years ago I found it very hard to get out of the High Wycombe job[sanctioning] centre staff. Literally like trying to get blood out of a stone. Rarer than rocking horse manure.
It was almost as if they didn't like giving them out. I had to research my rights as a job seeker independently because I got numerous bouts of advice from the high Wycombe job advisors telling me I was not eligible when actually I was.
I literally had to print out the rules and show them to get the travel card.
By default you have to supply travel receipts and an email from the company you visited for the interview.
Don't miss dealing with the DWP.
High Wycombe job centre were useless after 12 weeks - the point where they stop trying as much-and hand you off to contracted private employment companies who are only interested in their fee.

Genuinely, Good luck job hunters!.






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If you have to get a train to the interview the jobs too far away
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Train fares should be 50% less period for everyone if we are to have a travel system that is affordable. The alternative is putting another car on the road leading to further gridlock, pollution and road fatalities in our neighborhoods. Those looking for jobs shouldn't have to pay a penny to get to an interview that is the purpose of the job centre. Find out your rights. No one with kids moans about child tax credit like no one with a job moans about being unemployed. It's a different world and and a different set of circumstances.
new_lizard15 m ago

If you have to get a train to the interview the jobs too far away


some people are prepared to move/travel! One of my kids has been out of work for 4 months but won't sign on as he thought he would be employed very quickly ...... has applied for dozens of jobs and has zero back (except one which is the other side of the country!) - if he had signed on he could have had help towards his travel..... for a job paying £8 an hour.
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