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  • Social Security Scotland - Job Start Payment

    Created: 11/01/2024
    News/Events Category: Children and Families
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    Job Start Payments from Social Security Scotland help young people aged 16-24 with the costs of starting a new job, such as paying for travel, work clothes or childcare. Eligible people receive a one-off payment of £294.70 or £471.50 if they are the main carer of any children. 

    In Scotland, around 1/3 of people receiving Universal Credit are in work, and Universal Credit is a qualifying benefit for several other payments. 


    • Individuals aged 16-24 who are already in receipt of qualifying benefits 
    • Out of paid work for six months prior to finding a job
    • Care leavers can apply for a further year (up to the day before thier 26th birthday) and only need to be out of work and receiving a qualifying benefit on the day of the job offer, not for the previous six months. 

    How to Apply 

    Apply online via the MyScot website.

    You can call Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222. The line is open Monday-Friday, 8.00am-6.00pm.

    If you're a British Sign Language user, you can use the Contact Scotland service

    To apply by post, request a large print paper form or apply in another language, call free on 0800 182 2222.

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