UK News Unreliable public transport 'stops poor families finding work'

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    Unaffordable and unreliable public transport is cutting off the poorest families in the north of England from crucial job opportunities, a study has found.

    Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), interviewed residents in neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester and Leeds city regions.

    Interviewees complained that local transport was expensive, unreliable and slow, making it harder for them to attend job interviews and hold on to paid employment.

    The research found that residents were reliant on buses, as running a car and taking the train were too expensive.

    Workers complained they were unable to guarantee punctuality because buses were frequently late, meaning they were disregarded by potential employers. The report found that job seekers often turned down jobs because their potential earnings were too low compared with the high transport costs.

    Read more here. (The Guardian UK)
     

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