July 11, 2020

This little known benefit could get you cheap rail travel for job interviews

Travelling to job interviews can be really expensive – but this little-known government benefit could help cover your rail fares if you’re looking for work.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

You may be eligibel for a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card if you claim:

– Universal Credit for three to nine months (if you’re 18-24 years old) or three to 12 months (if you’re ages 25 or over)

– Job Seekers’ Allowance from 13 weeks to point of Work Programme referral (but you won’t be eligible if you’re participating in the Work Programme)

– Incapacity Benefit or Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support and are actively engaged with an adviser in returning to employment

You might also be eligible for help with rail fares during the first few months of commuting to a new job, which your local Jobcentre Plus will be able to give you more information about.

A Jobcentre Plus (Image: Philip Toscano/PA Wire)

How much can I save?

A Jobcentre Plus travel discount card can give you half off any selected rail tickets. This may vary at peak times.

How do I apply?

To apply for a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card, you need to go to your local Jobcentre Plus office.

If you want to find out more details or locate your local Jobcentre Plus, click here.

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