Published On: Sat, Apr 19th, 2014 on 2:27 pm

£590,000 given to West Yorkshire to help jobseekers access work

West Yorkshire Bus

£590,000 has been made available for transport projects designed to help the unemployed travel to interviews and new jobs.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has secured the sum from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Local Sustainable Transport Fund, helping extend JobCentre Plus and go:cycling projects.

Around 9,000 jobseekers and job starters have received support with travel, which has involved the WYCA’s Travel Plan Network working with all JobCentre Plus offices in the county.

Almost 3,000 people have been given bus tickets to travel to job interviews whilst 6,000 people have been provided with a MetroCard to travel to their workplace for their first month of work.

Furthermore, go:cycling – which encourages more people to travel to work by bike – has provided free adult cycle training, bike maintenance sessions, information and advice to over 20,000 people.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority Chairman, Cllr Peter Box, said: “While the new Combined Authority is primarily about the public and private sectors helping the economy to grow and creating jobs, it is also about making sure we develop the transport network that links people with those jobs.

“Connecting people with job opportunities is vital, which is why it is so important that the ongoing discussions with government are resolved and we have the powers to make our own decisions about how the local transport network is developed and funded.”

Amongst the eight other authorities in the UK that received funding, West Yorkshire received the second highest amount.

Projects in Tyne and Wear received the most with £609,000.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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