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Long-Term Unemployed

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to increase the environmentally sustainable mobility of the long-term unemployed engaged under the Jobs Pledge created under the local employment partnerships, to enable them to travel to and from their place of work. (157314)

For those participating in the New Deals, agreement has been reached with the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) and Passenger Transport Executives to offer reduced fares.

For those starting work, Jobcentre Plus advisers have at their discretion the ability to pay for help to get to work, which has included paying for bicycles for customers. These provisions can apply to a range of jobless customers including those who subsequently find work through Local Employment Partnerships. Once in work, arrangements for on-going travelling to and from work are a matter for individuals themselves.