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01.05.12

Free rail travel for job starts

MPs are supporting a scheme offering free rail travel worth up to £600 to people travelling for job interviews or new job starts in collaboration with c2c rail.

Jobseekers are eligible for up to six free tickets to interviews and new starters are eligible for two months free travel on c2c trains when the vacancies are organised through the Job Centre.

c2c managing director Julian Drury said: “We are giving free train travel to help job seekers across our route return to work, potentially saving them up to £600 at a time when their money is particularly tight.”

John Baron, MP forBasildonand Billericay, said: “Travel costs can put people off job applications, yet they may be missing a great opportunity. This scheme puts that right, and so allows a greater choice of jobs for our local unemployed.”

James Duddridge, MP for Rochford and Southend East, added: “This is an excellent scheme and its important local businesses do things like this for the local community.”

“Starting a new job brings with it expense so not needing to worry about the cost of commuting will ease the burden of moving from benefits and into work. It will also make it easier for people to consider jobs which are a little further afield,” said MP for Thurrock, Jackie Doyle-Price.

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