Bus pass boost for young West Sussex jobseekers

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YOUNG people who find transport problems hinder them in starting a new job can get help thanks to a new scheme.

Jobseekers aged between 16 and 18 who are not in education, training or employment may be eligible for the Routes to Work scheme introduced by West Sussex County Council.

It gives travel and journey planning advice about how to get to a potential new job, and, subject to an offer of employment, a four-week bus pass to help them get there.

It will be run from the council’s ‘find it out’ centres, the information shops for young people located around West Sussex.

Councillor Pieter Montyn, in charge of highways and transport, said: ‘Using the Routes to Work scheme can ease the financial burden on young people while they wait for that vital first pay packet to arrive.

‘It removes the initial cost of transport to a new job and we hope it encourages bus usage among this group of young people at the same time.’

For more information visit yourspacewestsussex.co.uk/routestowork.