Affordable transport for workers must be covered in spending review


The Association which represents Wheels to Work transport schemes is urging the Chancellor to continue to help unemployed people with transport costs, in his November spending review.     Funding could soon become a problem for Wheels to Work schemes, as the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) will not be available from next year.  Many schemes have benefited from LSTF, which was a pot of money made available to local authorities by the Coalition Government, to support growth and cut carbon.   There are currently 45 W2W schemes across the UK, nearly double the number there were in 2013, with others in the pipeline.   The Wheels to Work Association is concerned that these schemes will close or reduce numbers, if the Chancellor fails to earmark funding for transport to work and new schemes will not be able to access start-up funding.     Wheels to Work Association’s Chairman, Nigel Dotchin, has written directly to George Osbourne to highlight the practical value of W2W, which helps young people such as apprentices get to and from work, without which they would be unemployed. A loss of W2W would be particularly critical in rural areas, where public transport has been reduced or phased out.   The Association has also offered public backing to the Campaign for Better Transport, which is calling for government to create a new ‘transport into work’ programme.  This would encourage targeted initiatives, including W2W, which would help people into work, where transport was a barrier. Read the full press release here: