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Around 25% of households do not have access to a car and are completely reliant on the bus for many of their essential journeys. Buses are a major contributor to regional economies, helping connect people to jobs, leisure and the High Street as well as to education and training.
The biggest use of the Stagecoach initiative has been in Scotland, where there are more than 3,000 trips a month, followed by the East Midlands, with around 2,700. More than 1,400 trips a month are being made by those seeking work in Wales.
The company launched the country's first long term nationwide initiative as a six month pilot in February 2013, giving thousands of jobseekers across the UK a 50% discount on their bus travel to help them find employment.
"This is good news and I am really pleased to see Stagecoach supporting job seekers during these tough economic times I encourage other bus operators to do the same. Young people have a vital role to play in the future of the local bus industry and our economic recovery."
"Youth unemployment remains a major issue for our country, with one in five 16 to 24 year olds out of work. Tens of thousands of jobseekers have benefitted from our initiative and we hope that making the scheme permanent will help improve the chances of many more young people getting their first job or training place."
The Exeter DailyJobseekers get a welcome boost as Stagecoach makes discounted bus travel scheme permanent
Research last year by the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) at the University of Leeds found buses contribute 64 billion to the British economy every year. The study revealed 1 in 10 bus commuters would be forced to look for another job if they could no longer commute by bus. Nike Shoes Men Casual Black
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New figures show jobseekers are making nearly 20,000 discounted bus journeys a month under the scheme, which is funded entirely on a commercial basis by Stagecoach without any public sector support.
Transport Minister Norman Baker said: "Buses play an important role in boosting economic growth by helping people get to job interviews and get into work.
An estimated 400,000 people are in work or in a better job because of the availability of a bus service, according to the report.
crucial in connecting people with employment and that is one reason why we have always been focused on making travel affordable.
Stagecoach, one of the UK's biggest bus operators, has confirmed it is making permanent its ground breaking discounted bus travel scheme for jobseekers.
comes after the latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics earlier this month show that UK unemployment remained unchanged at 7.8% with 2.51 million people without a job.
However, the number of young people who were unemployed rose by 15,000 in the period for April to June 2013, compared to the previous three months. It means the unemployment rate for those aged 16 24 is 21.4%.
Holders of a Jobcentreplus Travel Discount Card qualify for half price single and return tickets on Stagecoach's 6,500 buses in the UK outside London. Stagecoach is already part of a Transport Nike Running Shoes Blue And Black for London scheme which offers reduced bus, tram and train travel rates for jobseekers in the capital. More than 800,000 people who are out of work and claiming benefits currently qualify for a Jobcentreplus Travel Discount Card.
JobCentre PlusTravel Discount Cards are available through JobCentre Plus. Those eligible include people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support and actively engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser in returning to employment.
Martin Griffiths, Stagecoach Group Chief Executive, said: "Buses are Nike Trainers Low
Bus travel is the most popular mode of transport used by Britain's commuters, with 5.2 billion bus journeys in the UK each year. Stagecoach has twice been independently assessed as offering the lowest fares of any major bus operator in the UK.
Jobseekers get a welcome boost as Stagecoach makes discounted bus travel scheme permanent
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