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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00835: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 16 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to jobseekers so that they can afford to meet travel costs to jobcentres and work interviews.

Answered by: Keith Brown 20 July 2016

Help with travel costs to jobcentres and work interviews is reserved to the UK Government and administered by Jobcentre Plus. Eligible claimants can have their travel expenses reimbursed if they are required to attend the Jobcentre Plus office, for example, to attend a pre-arranged (mandatory or non-mandatory) labour market interview at the jobcentre

It is not payable to claimants attending a Jobcentre Plus office on their normal signing day, including, for example, a work coach meeting which falls on the normal signing day, an initial work search interview and fortnightly work reviews.

Claimants in Scotland who have been unemployed for thirteen weeks can apply for the Jobcentre Plus travel discount card and pay reduced fares under the terms of the memorandum of understanding between the Secretary of State and the Association of Train Operating Companies.