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Job Start Payment

Job Start Payment is a new benefit to help you with the costs of starting a new job.


You can get a one-off payment of £252.50, or the higher rate of £404 if you're the main carer of any children.

It is available to those between the ages of 16 and 24 who have been out of paid work and receiving a low income benefit for six months prior to finding employment.

Care leavers will not be required to have been out of paid work for six months, and will be eligible for a year longer – until their 26th birthday.

This payment could help with travel costs or could be used for clothing, lunches and other expenses that need to be met before someone receives their first salary.

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