‘Little-known’ discount offered to job seekers and Universal Credit applicants could cut your bill in half

Applicants for certain benefits are entitled to a variety of supports and discounts. However, a ‘little-known’ discount may have missed you and could cut some costs in half, especially if you’re traveling outside of your area looking for work.

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is an unemployment benefit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that you can claim while looking for work. Receiving this opens the door to an additional benefit, which is available at the discretion of local Jobcentre Plus offices: the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card. People with Universal Credit, a benefit payment to help with living costs, may also be eligible to apply for the card.

The Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card is provided to unemployed people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit for 3-9 months (18-24 years) or 3-12 months (25+). Cardholders are entitled to a 50% discount on selected train tickets, so this could be particularly useful for those looking for work outside of their immediate area.

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The card isn’t a new perk, but it may be one you weren’t aware of. In the past, Mims Davies MP, currently Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Stare and Minister for Social Mobility, Youth and Progress, has said of the card: “We are committed to breaking down any barriers that prevent job seekers from accessing vital training and employment opportunities they need to get back to work and get back on track.

Other benefit recipients can receive a Jobcentre Plus travel discount card from three months after applying and if they are actively engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser. Apply through your local Work Coach or Jobcentre Plus. Contact your nearest Jobcentre for more information at https://find-your-nearest-jobcentre.dwp.gov.uk/



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