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Charity calls for ‘Transport into Work Fund’ to be introduced in Spending Review

30 October 2015

Campaign for Better Transport is calling on the Chancellor to introduce a ‘Transport into Work’ fund in November’s Spending Review.

The new fund would replace the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which was launched in 2011 and provided £600m for 96 sustainable transport schemes across England. The new Transport into Work fund would provide funding for targeted initiatives that help overcome transport barriers to employment by creating new transport links between communities and employment areas and supporting businesses and employers with transport issues.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“Transport can overcome barriers to employment by tackling things like access and affordability.

"The new Transport into Work fund we are calling for would build on the success of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and would be jointly managed by both the Department of Transport and the Department of Work and Pensions, and linked to the Local Growth Fund and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

“This new fund could provide cost-efficient support to the Government’s core economic objectives and supplement and support efforts by the transport industry and local authorities to help get people back into employment.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1.     Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929). 

2. Read Campaign for Better Transport’s report, Transport into Work: a proposal for a new programme, here

3.     Read Campaign for Better Transport’s report, Improving Local Transport Helps the Economy – Experience from the Local Sustainable Transport Fundhere.

4.     Examples of Local Sustainable Transport Fund schemes which have helped unemployed people return to work by removing transport barriers include:

·         Merseytravel ‘Travel Solutions’: http://www.letstravelwise.org/content49_Transport-Solutions.html

·         Nottingham job seekers ‘kangaroo card’: http://www.citycardnottingham.co.uk/get-a-citycard/jobseekerscitycard.html

·         Network West Midlands ‘Workwise’: http://www.networkwestmidlands.com/workwise/home_two.aspx

·         Wheels to Work in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire: http://www.wheelstowork.org

·         South Yorkshire Job-Connector buses

·         Bristol coaches to North Bristol fringe: https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/News/Pages/New-coach-service-set-to-make-life-easy-for-commuters.aspx