Mortehoe/Woolacombe employers’ views sought

A transport partnership including Jobcentre Plus and Ilfracombe Community Transport needs the views of Mortehoe and Woolacombe employers to help establish a year-round transport service for staff to travel to and from work.

For seven weeks in summer 2014, the partnership ran a seven-day-a-week late night bus service for summer seasonal staff between Mortehoe and Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. Although public transport stops at 6pm, 40% of benefits claimants looking for work rely on it, while generally employers state that, when recruiting, in 80% of cases lack of reliable transport negatively influenced their decision to offer employment. The summer pilot carried 163 passengers who sustained employment with seven employers over the seven weeks.

The partnership is looking to develop a year-round service to help more people into work and make it easier for employers to find staff who can depend on regular transport. To achieve this it needs Mortehoe and Woolacombe businesses to complete a survey at oneilfracombe.org.uk before 30 January.