Who can apply
To be eligible for financial help under the Travel to Interview Scheme (TIS) you must be either:
- unemployed or under written notice of redundancy and actively seeking work
- getting one or a combination of the following benefits:
- Jobseekers Allowance
- New Style JSA
- Income Support
- Universal Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance
- New Style ESA
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- War Pension
- Disability Living Allowance/ Personal Independence Payment
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Carer's Allowance
- Maternity Benefit
- Bereavement Benefits
- National Insurance Credits
- Not receiving any benefit and not in employment (for example, returning to the labour market, economically inactive or early retired) and looking for work
You can't apply for travel expenses to:
- a government-funded programme or scheme (with the exception of the Bridge to Employment programme)
- a job fair or open invitation recruitment event
Financial help available
If you're eligible, you'll receive help with the cost of travelling to your interview.
The amount you receive will depend on how you travel. Depending on your circumstances this may be either:
- the cost of your journey by public transport
- the number of miles by the most direct route at the current mileage rate if using private transport
You'll need to prove in your application that the method of travel you choose is the cheapest available to you, or your application for financial support may be refused.
Support may also be reduced if the employer offers you support to get to the interview.
How to apply
For support under this scheme, you should apply before your interview by filling in a TIS 1 form, available from any Jobs and Benefits office.
If you have bought tickets before your job interview, you may still apply to the scheme, if you complete and return an application before travelling to the interview. You should include proof of all expenses you had to pay in booking your travel, such as confirmation emails or receipts. Support will be limited to the amount allowed under the rules of the scheme.
This is not a complete list of conditions. The Travel to Interview Scheme (TIS) is a discretionary programme for those most in need. Even if you meet all of the eligibility conditions, you may not receive support. You should always contact a work coach in a Jobs and Benefits office to discuss your application before taking any journey or incurring any expense.
For general information and to see if you are eligible for support under the scheme, call Freephone 0300 200 7822.