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Young people urged to apply for Job Start Payment

Bill Kidd MSP welcomes a new campaign to encourage eligible 16-24 year olds to apply to the Job Start Payment. 

Eligible 16-24 year olds, who have been on certain benefits for six months or more, can apply for the one-off payment worth £252.50, or £404 if the applicant has children. The payment will help with the costs of starting a job including travel, new clothes or childcare.

People can apply for Job Start Payment for up to three months after their start date. 

Background

  • People can find out more and apply through mygov.scot or by calling 0800 182 2222
  • Remploy is a leading provider of specialist employment and skills support for disabled people, those with health conditions and the long-term unemployed, and delivers the Fair Start Scotland employability service in the city.
  • The visit coincided with a Social Security Scotland social media campaign kicking off to raise awareness of Job Start Payment to those in the target age range.
  • The person must have been out of paid work and in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits (Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit) for six months or more at the time of the job offer.
  • If they are a care leaver, they can access this support up to 25 years of age. They also just need to be on a qualifying benefit when they get the job offer, they don’t need to have been in receipt of this benefit for six months.
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