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Universal Credit applicants can apply for a travel card offering reduced bus and tram costs | Personal finance | Finance

Those who receive Universal Credit and are between the ages of 18 and 60 are eligible. They can get 50% off their salary as adult rates go.

This means they can travel freely on any London bus or tram while getting half the fare.

Universal Credit claimants are also entitled to a 50% discount on adult seven-day or monthly (up to six months) bus and tram season tickets.

In accordance with the eligibility criteria, individuals must have applied for Universal Credit for at least 13 weeks to receive the travel card.

They also cannot earn more than the threshold set by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

To apply, individuals should print an application form or obtain one from the
Jobcentre Plus or certain London post offices, then send it to DWP.

Postal staff can also check documents and photographs in order to issue a discount photo card on buses and trams.

A person must include two passport type photographs in their application form.

Each photo must have their full name written in capital letters on the back.


People should bring their discount photo card and Oyster card to any Oyster ticket stop or tram station and ask the staff to add their discount card to their Oyster card.

They can then add usage credit to the Oyster card or buy a bus and tram pass.

It is important to carry the discount photo card and the Oyster card with you at all times.

Discounted photo cards are only valid for six months.

A person can reapply when it expires.

However, they will only receive the discounted travel card if they still meet the eligibility criteria.

London’s buses and trams are all cashless.

In 2018, more than half a million journeys were made using discount travel cards.

Fares on the Transport for London (TFL) network increased by 2.6% in March 2021.

The pay-per-view adult fare for buses and trams has increased by 5p to £1.55.

The daily cap has increased by 15 pence.

The daily cap for buses and trams is now £4.65.

Universal Credit is a payment for people over 18 but below statutory retirement age who have low income or are unemployed.