Today would ordinarily be a good day to bury bad news, but there is one story that should not go unnoticed.
From today, all Londoners who have been on Jobseeker's Allowance for thirteen weeks or longer will be able to travel on buses and trams for half-price.
The concession, along with the now revived half-price fares for people on income support, should go a long way to helping those most affected by the recession.
Liberal Democrat AM Mike Tuffrey, who campaigned for the change, said today:
“Half price bus and tram travel will make a real difference for over 150,000 unemployed Londoners on JSA who very much need to be able to access libraries and job centres as well as attend interviews. "
“Being active and mobile is key to getting back to work, yet at present even the shortest bus ride costs £1 with an Oyster card and £2 for a cash fare. Half price travel will make a real difference to JSA claimants, who in some cases only receive an income of £47.95 a week.”
Full details of how to apply for either concession can now be found on the TfL website