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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 

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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