The cost of travel and childcare needn't stop you getting a job.
Help with travel
A Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card lets you travel at reduce rates on c2c rail, in London and elsewhere when looking for work.
Cardholders can get half-price travel on many ticket types.
You can apply for a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card if you are claiming one of the following:
- jobseekers allowance, if you're 18 to 24 and have been unemployed for 6 to 9 months
- jobseekers allowance, if you're 25 or over and have been unemployed for 6 to 12 months
- incapacity benefit, employment and support allowance or income support, if you're actively engaged with an adviser in returning to employment
You need to go to your local Jobcentre Plus to apply for a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card.
Contact Jobcentre Plus for full details of the scheme.
We do not provide discount cards, and are unable to help with enquiries.
Help with childcare
Government schemes can help you with childcare costs.
Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.
To find out how you could get up to £2,000 towards childcare go to the government's Childcare Choices website.