Job Start Payment
What is Job Start Payment.
A new payment to help support eligible young people on low income benefits with the cost of starting work.
It’s a one of cash payment which can be claimed up to three months after they receive a job offer. They can reclaim after 2 years.
It is paid as a flat rate £250 for a single person or £400 if you are responsible for a child.
Who can apply.
You need to be aged 16-24 or if a care lever 16-25.
You must be out of paid work for 6 months or more and receive Income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit.
The job offer must be an average of 12 hours per week or more, over a 4-week period.
Care leavers do not need to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit for 6 months.
When will it start.
The Scottish Government have not announced the date yet but are aiming for around April 2020. There are also further changes that may be done before it launched.