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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed a new Scottish benefit which starts this week and will help people aged 16 to 24 into work if they have been unemployed for over six months.

It is estimated around 5,000 young people across Scotland will benefit from this new financial support in its first year.

Commenting, Roseanna said:

“The Job Start Payment will help with the extra expenses that are often attached to starting a new job, such as travel costs, new work clothes or even childcare.

“This announcement of extra support to help our young people into work really couldn’t come at a better time because there can be absolutely no doubt that the job prospects of young people in Perthshire South & Kinross-shire have been hit hard by this pandemic, as they have across the country.

“Sometimes the costs associated with starting a new job can seem like an obstacle too far, but this payment can help.

People aged 16 to 24 who have been unemployed for over six months will be eligible for a one-off grant of £250.  For care leavers, that upper age limit is extended to 25 and the payment rises to £400 if the person has a child.

“In Government, the SNP is working hard to create new opportunities for work as we rebuild our economy. I’d encourage anyone in Perthshire South & Kinross-shire who thinks they may be eligible to apply online.”

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People can find out more and apply through or by calling 0800 182 2222.

The payment will be delivered by Social Security Scotland.

To qualify for the payment, a person must be 16-24 years old and have received a job offer for paid employment.

The person must be out of paid work and in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits: Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit for six months or more at the time of the job offer.

If they are a care leaver, they can access this support up to 25 years of age. They also just need to be on a qualifying benefit when they get the job offer, they don’t need to have been in receipt of this benefit for a set time period.

The job must average 12 hours per week, over a 4-week period and it does not need to be permanent.

Social Security Scotland are promoting this benefit working with the DWP, SDS and Local Authorities to make sure young people get the money to which they are entitled.

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