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The Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card is something which can be provided to people who are unemployed and have been claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or for a specified time frame. This is three to nine months for those aged 18 to 24 years old. It is between three to 12 months for over 25s.

The card is free of charge, and it is valid for up to three months at a time. It offers a discount on selected rail tickets and bus journeys in England, Wales and Scotland, the Department for Work and Pensions explained. Other benefit recipients may be able to receive a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card from three months of their claim and if they are actively engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser.

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The card means people could get a discount on selected rail tickets and bus journeys in England, Wales and Scotland. Cardholders are entitled to a 50 percent discount on selected rail tickets. There is another form of support which may be available.

Furthermore, the Flexible Support Fund (FSF) may be offered by local job centres at the discretion of Jobcentre Plus advisers.

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This is used at the discretion of Jobcentre Plus staff by helping with the cost of travelling to an interview, training or for the first months of travelling to work. The charity Turn2us explains: "The FSF aims to help with extra costs associated with finding a job, such as:

  • Travel expenses to attend an interview
  • Tools and clothing/uniforms to start work
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"If you are claiming Universal Credit, you may also be able to get help with the first month of childcare costs from the FSF." There isn't a set amount of money which a person can get via this fund.

The payment would depend on factors such as the person's situation, circumstances and needs.

It is paid as a grant rather than a loan, meaning support via the FSF doesn't need to be paid back.

What is Universal Credit replacing?

Universal Credit is replacing six different benefits, referred to as legacy benefits.

These are:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit.

If a person is currently getting any of these benefits then they don't need to take action, unless they have a change of circumstances they need to report or the DWP contacts them about moving to Universal Credit.