The Scottish Government is consulting on its key eligibility criteria and format of the Job Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland to support young people moving back into employment. The grant will be paid to 16 – 24 year olds (up to 26 years old for care leavers) who have been in receipt of a qualifying benefit specified by Scottish Government.
The Job Grant aims to help meet the initial costs of starting work and support a smooth transition into employment for young people on low incomes. It will consist of a one-off cash payment of either £250 or £400, the higher amount being payable to young people who have children. To be eligible, most young people will have to have been out of paid work for 6 months before they receive an offer of employment.
The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the key eligibility criteria and on the format of the payment for the Job Grant, as well as identify any unintended consequences of these proposals.
The consultation and more information can be accessed via this link: