Wirral cabinet to consider travel pass scheme for jobless

A TRAVEL pass scheme which would help unemployed people if they find a job will seek approval from Wirral's cabinet tomorrow. 

A report before councillors at Wallasey Town Hall tomorrow night will ask them to approve the purchase of Trio, Solo, Saveaway or Railpass tickets from Merseytravel as part of the council’s Travel Solutions Scheme.

If approved the tickets will be given to people who find employment but need financial help to get to the workplace.

Those meeting the criteria would receive the relevant travel pass for their needs for one month, while waiting for their first pay packet.

The Travel Solutions scheme is fully funded through the Department of Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

It received a major funding boost last year, with a successful bid for £3.2 million adding to the previous ‘key component’ funding of £810,000 the scheme had already received.

Councillor Harry Smith, cabinet member for Streetscene and Transport Services, said: "We know that cost can be a major barrier to people accepting job offers which are a little bit further for them to travel.

"The Travel Solutions scheme has been helping to remove those barriers by providing a variety of options to help people travel to work and the idea of providing them with free travel passes for a month, while they earn their first month’s pay, is an extension of that."

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10:37pm Wed 23 Jan 13

don't look back in anger says...

And what about people who travel to college every day and get nothing. Not even help with travel or books since the EMA was taken away. I have to fund my son 25 pound a week out of 16,000 a year wage because he gets nothing. A lot of these people will simply use this pass to travel to and from their friends homes etc
And what about people who travel to college every day and get nothing. Not even help with travel or books since the EMA was taken away. I have to fund my son 25 pound a week out of 16,000 a year wage because he gets nothing. A lot of these people will simply use this pass to travel to and from their friends homes etc don't look back in anger
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11:51pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Wirralrob says...

Merseyside lagging behind as always. This scheme is already in operation in Manchester and is becoming fairly well used.

Merseytravel fall behind also in the child age - 15 on Merseyside - or next door in Manchester up to 18 if in full time education.

The unemployment pass scheme falls down - it should be offered for a maximum of six weeks following a job offer, and should only be offered once every six months. There are already signs of misuse.
Merseyside lagging behind as always. This scheme is already in operation in Manchester and is becoming fairly well used. Merseytravel fall behind also in the child age - 15 on Merseyside - or next door in Manchester up to 18 if in full time education. The unemployment pass scheme falls down - it should be offered for a maximum of six weeks following a job offer, and should only be offered once every six months. There are already signs of misuse. Wirralrob
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12:43am Thu 24 Jan 13

WirralAl says...

Public transport is very overly priced, badly planned and unfit for purpose.

The scheme sound good to help people to find work but an electronic pass cashless system should be used to replace the expensive service in place and credits could be given to students and people seeking or gaining new employment.

Make it much cheaper and convient to use. The services run anyway most of which run empty. How pointless and wasteful.
Public transport is very overly priced, badly planned and unfit for purpose. The scheme sound good to help people to find work but an electronic pass cashless system should be used to replace the expensive service in place and credits could be given to students and people seeking or gaining new employment. Make it much cheaper and convient to use. The services run anyway most of which run empty. How pointless and wasteful. WirralAl
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9:30am Thu 24 Jan 13

keef666 says...

Its funny how the Government can make hash cuts to this and that to save money and balance the books,and then can throw millions away of dumb idears,

Pull out of the E.U now!
Its funny how the Government can make hash cuts to this and that to save money and balance the books,and then can throw millions away of dumb idears, Pull out of the E.U now! keef666
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9:55am Thu 24 Jan 13

ConcernedRatePayer says...

And how exactly is this going to be Financed as I got the impression that Wirral Council are in Financial difficulty and looking at making many workers redundant. Isn't this a bit like 'Bolting the Stable Door after the Horse has Bolted' ?
And how exactly is this going to be Financed as I got the impression that Wirral Council are in Financial difficulty and looking at making many workers redundant. Isn't this a bit like 'Bolting the Stable Door after the Horse has Bolted' ? ConcernedRatePayer
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9:55am Tue 29 Jan 13

Mr Bollo says...

'dumb idears' keef???

What the hell has this got to do with theEU, given that it is an initaitive by the Local Council?
'dumb idears' keef??? What the hell has this got to do with theEU, given that it is an initaitive by the Local Council? Mr Bollo
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