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New Job Start Payment

New Job Start Payment

A new benefit to support young people living in Scotland into work began on 17th August 2020. 

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. 

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.

The payment of £250 or £400 (if you have a child) can be spent on anything for starting work like clothing, tools or travel costs.

You can apply online for Job Start Payment by visiting mygov.scot/benefits 

or by calling Social Security Scotland for free on 0800 182 2222 to apply over the phone or request a paper form.

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