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BUS firm First has joined Stagecoach in offering free travel to South Yorkshire job seekers in January in a bid to help people get back to work.

The Bus for Jobs scheme is a new industry initiative enabling young jobseekers to use buses free of charge for a month.

The card is available through JobCentre Plus.

It will cover 70 per cent of the country’s bus routes – providing free travel to jobseekers who have been unemployed for between three months and one year.

The scheme will cover holders of a JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card.

Those who are eligible for the card include people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support and actively engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser in returning to employment.