Young people helped with costs of new job
The Scottish Government has paid out more than £190,000 to eligible young people to help with the costs of starting a new job.
A total of 695 successful applications were made for the new Job Start Payment from its launch on 17 August 2020 to 31 December 2020.
The one-off payment of £250, or the higher rate of £400 if the recipient is the main carer of any children, is available to 16 to 24-year-olds who have been offered a job after being out of work for at least six months and are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People Shirley-Anne Somerville said:
“From travel costs to buying new work clothes, or childcare, we know there can often be expenses involved with starting a job. Our new Job Start Payment is designed to support young people with those costs as they move into work.
“At a time when we know young people are disproportionately impacted by the economic impact of the pandemic, this support will be more important than ever for those who are starting a new job after a period of unemployment. I want to encourage anyone eligible to apply for this extra financial support.”
Job Start Payment is paid to 16 to 24-year-olds who have been on certain benefits for six months or more to help with the costs of starting a job.
Applicants need to have been out of paid work for at least six months running up to the day they were offered the job.
Clients can find pre-application advice which includes eligibility and award amounts, and apply at mygov.scot/job-start-payment