Job Start Payment

Job Start Payment is a one-off payment of £250, or £400 if the young person has responsibility for any children. It is there to support young people with costs associated with starting a new job.

It is available to people aged 16 to 24, or 25 if they are a care leaver.

16 to 24 year olds who have been out of work and receiving a qualifying benefit for at least six months can apply.

Also eligible are 16 to 25 year old care leavers who have been out of work and receiving a qualifying benefit on the day they receive their job offer.

Qualifying benefits:-

•           Income-based Job Seekers Allowance

•           Income-related Employment Support Allowance

•           Income Support

•           Universal Credit

People can apply for the Job Start Payment from 17 August 2020 online at www.mygov.scot/benefits/ or through the Freephone helpline at 0800 182 2222.

Social Security Scotland are able to provide hard copy materials upon request by emailing communications@socialsecurity.gov.scot