Ferry deal for unemployed

By Richard Wright

Saturday, March 15, 2014

 

RED Funnel Ferries is offering reduced passenger rates to help job hunters find work on the mainland.

In a partnership with Jobcentre Plus, Red Funnel is offering reduced rates for registered unemployed passengers attending interviews on the mainland.

Those who find work will have reduced travel costs for up to the first 18 months of their new job.

Under the new initiative, jobless people will be able to travel on any sailing as a foot passenger for £8.90 for a day return.

The offer is valid on Red Funnel’s East Cowes or Cowes routes to Southampton.

Discounts will be equivalent to the student fares for Red Jet seven day, 30-day, six-month and 12-month season tickets. Over 18 months the scheme will give savings of £1,072.

A Department of Work and Pensions spokesman said: "We very much welcome this initiative from Red Funnel, which will widen the search area for jobs and help claimants find suitable and fulfilling employment."

There is also an offer to Island job hunters of a £5 day return to attend the Southampton Jobs Fair, at the Novotel Hotel, on Thursday, March 27.

Job seekers can cut out the voucher on page 63 and hand it in at Red Funnel’s East Cowes or Cowes ticket office.

For more details visit www. redfunnel.co. uk/jobseekers

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Alex Pick

20th March 2014, at 17:34:27

good idea

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by Tracie oliver

17th March 2014, at 17:51:00

Ok Guys yes I meant £40k a year as it amounts to a 20% deposit required by most banks now and then 3 times the salary to acquire a mortgage nowadays so do they or anyone on the Island pay those type of salaries? I think the Answer will be NO so hey well done Red Funnel in leaping to the challenge and offering subsidized travel for the unemployed! Den you are right in thinking there are certain members of our communities that love the social support they receive and will never work! Just look around and see how many people there are nowadays with free cars and benefits due to they cannot walk without a stick! next time you are out and about just take a moment and have a look around! I just dont like the tarnish all of them with the same brush as I read your first comment !!!!!!! waas aimed! lets get together and help the genuine youngsters that are sadly unemployed out!!!

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

17th March 2014, at 17:33:43

Probably too busy running her own company and running her 3 homes to read your post properly Den. Pretentious or what?

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by Den Young

17th March 2014, at 17:02:30

Tracie you are not picking up on my scribe. also £4k ???????

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by Tracie oliver

17th March 2014, at 16:01:59

Den

You are obviously very blessed and yes I run my own company too and have 3 homes but I still and always will stand up for the unemployed. The Island is a tourist attraction/ Resort not an industry leading region so jobs will be very hard to come by so I say well done Red funnel but open the gates a little more to encourage new trades on the mainland. You see Den its a real senario that with wages so low and jobs being hard to come by these young kids leaving school will not get on the property ladder ever unless they get work that pays £4k a year and do you see any place on the island that pays that amount?? No and unless you have a business of your own you wont succeed and yes unemployment is inevitable on the Island due to seasonal trends so instead of bickering and shouting how bad Red Funnel are in offering cheaper fares for the unemployed lets just celebrate it in the hope that more businesses reach out to the unemployed and do similar things!!

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by Den Young

17th March 2014, at 13:47:45

Tracie, where have I said I an anti unemployed? what im saying is that certain (not all) will take the chance and use the cheap ticket for a day out, nothing else, I have nothing against the unemployed and a good majority want to work, and a lot do not and why should they bother with a system that gives them the amount of money they get, in the past I have been an employer myself, and yes you are right I have never been out of work, always found another job if needed, so have my children, I wish you the best of luck if you are looking for a job, will you be taking up the offer?

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

17th March 2014, at 08:54:01

Sorry Tracie i did Rail-Link via a tunnel whats so hard in stopping that if an emergency occurred ? Restricted to passenger travel only and linked with a mainline station built and funded by public money (Network Rail) there will be no reason to sell it of to a private company. Best to scrap this HS2 program and divert the funds to projects more needy. The Severn Bridge will be handed over to the Welsh Assembly shortly and i think you'll find the toll charges dissappear.

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by Tracie oliver

17th March 2014, at 07:15:24

Tony its called benifit cost ratio IE Red Funnel let them go free and if they get work they will then use the ferry in the future on a frequent basis! as the Meerkats say Simple!!! Having a tunnel will still cost you a fortune in tolls and then it will be sold to a private venture company who again will keep raising the prices like they do with every tunnel/ bridge ever built in the UK/ Wales its called business! just work with the ferry companies and lets face it the Island is exact that an island and the only route should be a ferry! Just a thought if you had a tunnel or bridge can you imagine the crime rate sore! as it stands the police can shut the ferries down should the need be at the moment so be rest assured you are safe at this time on the island but place a tunnel or bridge then Beware!!

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

17th March 2014, at 06:44:56

Free isnt in Red Funnel's vocabulary Tracie mores to the pity. Perhaps a rail-link under the Solent would'nt be such a bad idea after all seeing now the Island is in grip of a monopoly bus company and a duopoply of ferry operators squeezing the life blood out an Island. The MP Andrew (who) Turner has not been affective in any shape or form in bringing this issue to head absolute disgrace...

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by Tracie oliver

17th March 2014, at 06:12:19

I am astonished that Den is so anti unemployed and I get the stark impression that Den has never been in the position of being unemployed. I can assure you that these souls who are seeking work may have come to the island with their parents at a very young age and to find work when graduating can be a total nightmare. Being unemployed saps every last bit of self esteem from you and it can become a very lonely world. Den do you really think that every person that is unemployed is out for an easy ride? com on get real! Island companies have a huge role to play here in offering jobs to the Island unemployed first as apposed to offering our Eastern European counterparts first option due to being able to pay the legal minimum wage. I fully endorse anyone who reaches out to the unemployed but sadly I feel even the £8.90 fee will be out of reach to some. The Red Funnel ferries are large enough to accommodate free of charge Travel this time of year so why don't they offer the travel free!

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