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Job Start Payment for Young People

A new benefit to support young people living in Scotland into work opened for applications on Monday 17 August.

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 with the costs of starting a new job.

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.

It’s a one-off payment of £250, or £400 if the person has responsibility for a child. This money 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 for free on 0800 182 2222 to apply over the phone or request a paper form.

If you would like any further information or an appointment with our welfare rights adviser please contact John at the office.

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