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Star date: 16th December 2012

LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED GET FREE TRAVEL IN JANUARY

Long term unemployed people in Greater Manchester are to get free travel on certain bus routes and trams throughout January `in a bid to help them find work or access training'.  All they have to do is produce a Job Centre Plus Travel Discount Card. But Salford Council Assistant Mayor for Transport, Roger Jones, believes that scheme should be made permanent.

Full details here…


It was Thatcher boot boy, Norman Tebbit, who infamously told the unemployed to `get on your bike' to find work. Now things have moved on and these days it's buses and trams...

Throughout January, under a scheme called Greener Journeys, long term unemployed people in Greater Manchester will be able to get free travel on the Metrolink and on bus services operated by Arriva, First and Stagecoach, as well as cross-boundary services run by Network Warrington and Trent Barton. All they have to do is show a Job Centre Plus Travel Discount Card which can be applied for at the Job Centre.

"This is an encouraging move and one that we will watch with interest" says Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Committee "Anything that helps people who have been struggling to find work over a prolonged period should be welcomed and I certainly hope it makes a difference."

Salford Council Assistant Mayor for Transport, Roger Jones, who also sits on the TfGM Committee, has questioned why the free travel will only be available in January…

"I would like this to become a permanent scheme for people who are long-term unemployed" he says "How do we achieve this?"

Well, one way might be to cut the obscene salaries at Transport for Greater Manchester, where two execs pocket around £200,000 a year and six others trouser between £90,000 and £129,000 (see Salford Fat Cats click here). You could buy a lot of bus tickets, tram rides and bikes with all that…

Might even be able to provide a few real jobs for the `long term unemployed'…

For more information see www.busforus.co.uk.
For more info on Greener Journeys see
www.greenerjourneys.com.

Nowhere Bus graphic by the one and only Jamie Reid

alan marshall wrote
at 16:54:58 on 19 December 2012
Bit rich coming from the very man who wanted to sign up to a congestion charge and hit the everyday worker with yet another punitive tax. When he couldn't get his own way he lords over a scheme to reduce the road system in and out of Manchester creating traffic congestion and hitting people's pockets with extra fuel costs.
 
Billy Wemyss wrote
at 13:39:02 on 17 December 2012
Quite right , Irwell . The Peel Pocket Politicians that have run this city into the gutter don't give a toss about the residents . Why should they ? The clowncillors get paid by robbing the taxpayers. They have no concept of the real world , as they idle the days away scuttling about the civic centre bullshitting . It's just one big Biffo party up there . I loathe and despise all politicians . Let's just vote them all out .
 
Irwell Riverside Fed Up, wrote
at 06:16:22 on 17 December 2012
Roger Jones will want this to be a permanent arrangement....because this council wil gain ££££ s to deliver it. Mr Jones,my son applied for 78 Jobs over two years, and never claimed a single penny of this Goverment, thankfully he's in employment now, so Mr Jones where's the help for people at the time my son had nothing but wanted to work, Certain city Councilliors may go on and on ,about certain issues,where are my Councilliors, except one, I think they've been abducted by aliens,were a left out community having to defend on our own. So typical, untill their seat comes up for re-election, then they reappear.
 
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