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Starting a job

Find out what support may be available to you when you get a job.

Some benefits stop if you go back to work, work more hours or earn more money.

Job Start Payment

If you are a young person who's been out of work, are on certain benefits, have been offered a job on or after 17 August 2020 and meet the other eligibility requirements you can apply for the Job Start Payment.

The Job Start Payment is a one-off payment of of £252.50, or £404 if you're the main carer of any children.

The Flexible Support Fund

The Flexible Support Fund is available to people who are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit who are looking for work.

The Fund can be used to cover the cost of travel to interview, clothes for interview and other items/costs that may be associated with the cost of finding and securing work.

Applications to the Fund must be made via your Work Coach or you can enquire about the Fund via your UC Journal.

New Enterprise Allowance

You may be able to get New Enterprise Allowance if you can show your Jobcentre Plus Adviser that you have a business idea that could work.  You need to be getting either:

You may be able to get:

  • a weekly allowance worth up to £1,274 over 26 weeks
  • a loan to help with start-up costs.   

Access to Work

If you have a disability or health condition, you may be able to get an Access to Work grant to help pay for practical support for you to do a new or existing job. 

Extended Payment of Housing Benefit

You could get an extra 4 weeks of Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent if you go back to work, work more hours or earn more money.  This is called Extended Payment of Housing Benefit.

You don't have to claim - your council will decide if you're eligible for help and write and let you know.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

Make sure that you are receiving the correct rate of pay by checking out the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

Contact details

Welfare Rights Team

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476900 (Option 1)