Free bus travel for young unemployed in Lancashire

Young people in Lancashire looking for work will now qualify for free bus travel, the county council has said.

All young people aged 16 to 18 who are not in employment, education or training, will be offered free bus travel within a designated area.

It is hoped the £5m initiative, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, will help them travel to job interviews and training.

The scheme, which will run until March, also includes young parents and carers.

Eligible young people will be able to apply for four-weekly free bus travel in the form of a bus season ticket which the county council will buy on their behalf.

Mark Perks, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for young people, said transport problems could "seriously impact on a young person's ability to move into employment".

"Under this initiative, young people will receive the help they need to sort out how they'll get to work before they actually start a job," he added.

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