LOCAL job seekers will be given free bus travel in a bid to help them find employment.

Bus company Stagecoach has announced it is backing the 'Bus For Jobs' initiative that will allow jobseekers to use their routes free of charge for a month in January.

Paul Lynch, managing director, said: "Bus for Jobs could make the vital difference for those who are struggling to get that first job or training place. In particular, I hope we can help more of our young people make a better start in life."

Further details about the scheme are on a specially created website: www.busforus.co.uk.