Pay less and get out more.
Why we need cheaper travel
The cost of public transport in the UK is amongst the highest in Europe. Yet, as more businesses, shops and leisure complexes relocate to out of town purpose-built locations, accessing them is only possible by car, bus or train. Although you can buy multi-trip passes to cut down costs, if you're on a low income, purchasing one of these is still out of reach for the majority of people. But if you are on a low income, you might be eligible for travel concessions.
What's on offer?
All major transport providers work with local authorities and the government to provide concessionary travel. Without it, a large number of the population would be at a disadvantage; as would the shops who benefit from their business.
Travel concessions for the elderly and disabled
Most parts of the UK offer a similar version of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme pass. Set by Travel Concession Authorities, the schemes offer various generous discounts or even free travel from 0930 to 2300 during the week, plus anytime at the weekend and bank holidays. You can apply at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-elderly-person-bus-pass
Travel concessions for younger people
Any child in the UK under the age of 8 who has to travel more than 2 miles to school gets free transport; children over 8 who travel more than 3 miles do too. Naturally, children with walking difficulties who qualify for Special Educational Needs also have their travel paid for. Other concessions include the 16-19 bursary (designed to help young parents to stay in education), Care to Learn (to help with childcare and travel-related study costs), and the discretionary learner fund (for people aged 19+ suffering financial difficulties).
For students of all ages in full-time education, there's an excellent choice of concessions available from a range of providers, though these aren't technically classed as benefits.
Concessions for the unemployed
There's a range of support available for the unemployed. If you've been claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit for more than 3 months, you can apply for a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card, entitling you to half-price travel. For help with costs to attend interviews, training, or help during your first month's travel to work, ask your advisor about the flexible support fund, a discretionary payment issued by your local Jobcentre.
Railcards also offer great discounts to people under 25, the over 60s, the disabled, and members of the HM Forces (including their families). If you fall outside these categories, then regional railcards can be purchased by anyone. A Senior Railcard, for those over 60, costs £30 and you can buy one from your local railway station, or online at http://www.senior-railcard.co.uk/
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