Approval for Wirral travel pass scheme

A TRAVEL pass scheme to help people get to work when they find a job has been approved by Wirral's cabinet.

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

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: "It's good news for the unemployed seeking access to their employment sites, particularly in poor transport areas. All in all it’s a good scheme.

"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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6:09pm Fri 25 Jan 13

don't look back in anger says...

My son travels to college every day and gets sod all. No ema or funding to travel. I have to give him 25 pound a week from a salary of 16,000.
My son travels to college every day and gets sod all. No ema or funding to travel. I have to give him 25 pound a week from a salary of 16,000. don't look back in anger

12:53pm Mon 28 Jan 13

jimisugly says...

why it was taken away in the first place it beyond me - the jobcentre used to regularly give these out to those who successfully obtained a job - but then the government said the money pot had run dry.

Here's to keeping the scheme open, up and running for long into the future.
why it was taken away in the first place it beyond me - the jobcentre used to regularly give these out to those who successfully obtained a job - but then the government said the money pot had run dry. Here's to keeping the scheme open, up and running for long into the future. jimisugly

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