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Council investment gets residents revved up and on the road

DSC_0178Looking and applying for work can be very challenging for many of us. So having mastered the art of job applications and survived the grilling ordeal of an interview, imagine finally being offered the job of your dreams only to find you can’t actually get there.

The Wheels 2 Work scheme allows locally unemployed people the loan of a scooter for up to six months at an affordable hire, and now thanks to Blaby District Council there are more bikes available to get residents revved up and on the road.

Blaby District Council is providing £15,000 investment so that five additional bikes can be put on the road to help locally unemployed people in the district access work and training opportunities.

The scheme is run by Melton Borough Council in partnership with Leicestershire County Council and is open to residents over the age of 16 with a firm offer of work, education or training, but who are not able to get there. The bikes are available on loan for up to six months from £30 a month.

Free CBT motorcycle hire training together with free protective clothing and insurance is provided and all scooters are fully serviced and maintained.

Councillor Tony Greenwood, Planning, Economic Development, and Housing Strategy portfolio holder at Blaby District Council, said:

“We are pleased to help develop the Wheels 2 Work scheme further so that more locally unemployed people can take up job or training opportunities. With everything provided as a low cost package, including helmet, jacket and gloves, the only extras users have to pay for are their provisional licence and the fuel to run the bike.”

Peter Osborne, county council cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“This scheme is an excellent way for councils to help residents overcome the financial barriers they face getting to work. I’m pleased that Blaby District Council has given its backing to the Wheels 2 Work scheme, which I have no doubt will continue to help local people find employment.”

Andrew Gray, from Glenfield, has been partaking in the Wheels 2 Work scheme for around five months. He said:

“Using the bike has made getting to and from work a lot easier, it’s economical to run and an environmentally friendly way to travel. I’m really pleased to be the first person to use one of the new bikes supplied by the Blaby District Council investment, I hope more people will be able to benefit from this scheme.”

Harrinder Rai, Head of Communities and Neighbourhoods at Melton Borough Council, said:

“We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Blaby District Council on this project. We know the positive difference it can make to local people. The scheme has now been running from Melton for over five years and is a great support to those seeking work and/or training.”

For more information on the Wheels 2 Work scheme please visit www.w2wleics.co.uk or telephone 01664 502 388 / 07917 592 621.