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.