Job Start Payment

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Published: 01/09/2020

A new benefit from Social Security Scotland to support young people living in Scotland into work opened for applications on Monday 17 August.

Job Start Payment is a new benefit to help 16 to 24 year olds who have been unemployed and receiving certain benefits for 6 months or more with the costs of starting a new job. Care leavers in Scotland are able to apply for this payment from the age of 16 to 25 and they don’t need to be on a qualifying benefit for a set period of time, as long as they are on a qualifying benefit they can apply.

It’s a one-off payment of £250, or £400 if the person has responsibility for a child.  This money can be spent on anything for starting work like clothing, tools or travel costs.

To find out more about this, and other Social Security Scotland benefits, go to:

Social Security Scotland

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