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Job Start Payment - Social Security Scotland

Who can get it?

A person must meet all of the criteria below to be eligible:

· are 16 to 24 years old; or are a care leaver aged 16 to 25

· live in Scotland on the day of the job offer

· they have a job offer for paid employment

· the job must average 12 hours or more per week, over a 4 week period. It doesn’t need to be a permanent job

· be out of paid work and in receipt of a qualifying benefit* for 6 months or more, or if a care leaver out of paid work and in receipt of a qualifying benefit at the time of the job offer (care leavers do not need to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit for 6 months)

*Qualifying benefits are:

· Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

· Income Support

· Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

· Universal Credit (UC)

How long does someone have to apply?

They have up to 3 months from getting their job offer to apply.

What evidence will be required?

A confirmation of the job offer. This can be a text message, a letter, or an email from the employer. We’ll accept photocopies or screenshots of these and they can be uploaded online or provided by post

How to Apply

Visit to apply online or call freephone on 0800 182 2222 to complete the application over the phone or to request a paper application form.

Closing date

No closing date

Ongoing funding


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