14th August 2020
Young people are expected to face some of the greatest challenges with employment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. As such, Social Security Scotland would like to make as many businesses and individuals as possible aware of the Job Start Payment so that it can reach those who could benefit from it.
Businesses are encouraged to make any new employees aged 16 to 24, or 25 if they are a care leaver who has been in receipt of certain benefits for a period of 6 months or more aware of the scheme so that they can apply. The £250 or £400 if the young person has responsibility for any children is available to help them get whatever they need to be able to start work.
Getting a job offer can sometimes just be the first hurdle for a young person. If they have faced a period of unemployment, getting the money together to cover the costs of starting a job can be a barrier too.
People will be able to apply for Job Start Payment from 17 August 2020 online using this link or via the freephone helpline: 0800 182 2222
Businesses can find resources to support the promotion of this benefit here.