Keith Brown MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Clackmannanshire & Dunblane constituency, is urging local young people who might be starting a new job after a period of unemployment to apply for the Job Start Payment.

The Job Start Payment is a new payment being made available to 16-24-year-olds who have been on certain benefits for six months or more. Eligible young people can apply for the one-off payment worth £252.50, or £404 if they have children. 

The payment will help with the costs of starting a job including travel, new clothes or childcare.

Speaking today, Keith said:

“There can be a lot of expenses associated with starting a new job, such as travel costs or new clothes so this new one-off payment is an important and welcome but of extra help to ensure that young people can get off to a proper start.

I want to let young people in my constituency know that this payment is available to anyone, aged between 16 and 25, who has been unemployed for six months or more and is either starting a new job or has recently started one.  If you fit that description, then do apply for this helpful support.”