West Yorkshire gives free bikes to job starters

Recycled bikes to help people get off dole and into jobs

by John Stevenson   July 21, 2014  

Bradford (CC BY-SA 2.0 licensed by Neil Turner:Flickr)

 

West Yorkshire is to spend a portion of the £2.8 million it was recently granted from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund on supplying bikes to jobstarters who are coming off the dole and have no other way of getting to work.

A spokesman for Metro, West Yorkshire’s transport body, told the Telegraph and Argus: “We will be funding a further 150 reconditioned bikes and sets of cycling accessories for jobseekers, who have a job start but no means to get there.

“Bradford JobCentre Plus will be allocated a proportion of these, so jobseekers attending the JobCentres in Bradford, Shipley and Keighley will be able to access these for ‘wheels to work’.

“This funding will also support NEETS [young people not in employment, education and training] and apprentices.”

The bikes will come from Bradford volunteer organisation Cycle re Cycle which has already supplied 100 bikes in an earlier, smaller incarnation of the programme.

The grant will also be used to fund cycle training to help parents ride to school with their children.

However, most of the funding will be spent on public transport including a free MetroCard to help people with new jobs travel to work, and expansion of the region’s smart card programme.

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"Great oaks from little acorns grow"

posted by levermonkey [369 posts]
21st July 2014 - 16:58

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What was it Norman Tebbit said?

posted by jamtartman [33 posts]
21st July 2014 - 17:14

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jamtartman wrote:
What was it Norman Tebbit said?

Die pauper scum?

posted by SteppenHerring [206 posts]
21st July 2014 - 17:59

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In theory, great idea. There's always potential for a novel scheme (and I don't think this has been tried before) to go wrong but cautious optimism eh?

posted by nuclear coffee [163 posts]
21st July 2014 - 18:00

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SteppenHerring wrote:
jamtartman wrote:
What was it Norman Tebbit said?

Die pauper scum?

Norman Tebbit was German?? Surprise

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posted by Him Up North [222 posts]
21st July 2014 - 18:02

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Norman Tebbit was born in Ponders End and flew Meteor and Vampire jets for the RAF.

Just saying! Big Grin

posted by levermonkey [369 posts]
21st July 2014 - 18:20

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Wasn't he a commercial airline pilot too? Quiz nights of yore...

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posted by Him Up North [222 posts]
21st July 2014 - 18:51

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1) We will be funding a further 150 reconditioned bikes and sets of cycling accessories for jobseekers, who have a job start but no means to get there.

2) However, most of the funding will be spent on public transport including a free MetroCard to help people with new jobs travel to work, and expansion of the region’s smart card programme.

So the choices are work (sorry pedal) to work, or use a bus free of charge. Thinking

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [591 posts]
21st July 2014 - 20:29

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Been a similar scheme in Derby that was covered by the Beeb a couple of weeks ago

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-27407345

Sounds like a good idea to me - especially the side of giving people the skills to re-condition the bikes.

posted by richred_uk [71 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 7:58

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Sounds a perfectly good idea to me.

Note that there's no such thing as 'the dole', it's been Jobseekers' Allowance / Income Support for well over a decade.

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posted by Gizmo_ [871 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 9:09

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Presumably there'll be some follow up so that the bikes aren't sold or kept on if/when the new employee becomes a new jobseeker?

posted by truffy [344 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 10:23

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Getting people onto bikes is great but loans and grants for transitional costs for jobseekers should be funded from back-to-work budgets - there are arrangements in place for that.

posted by vbvb [243 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 11:52

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jamtartman wrote:
What was it Norman Tebbit said?

"Don't worry Jimmy, we'll keep it all quiet."

posted by farrell [1477 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 10:16

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