Local MSP for Renfrewshire South, Tom Arthur, has welcomed a new Scottish benefit introduced today that will help 16 to 24-year olds into work if they have been unemployed for over six months.
The Scottish Government’s Job Start Payment is a one-off grant of £250 to help with the costs of starting a new job.
The upper age limit rises to 25 for care leavers and the payment rises to £400 if the person has a child.
It is estimated around 5,000 young people across Scotland will benefit from this new financial support in its first year.
SNP MSP Tom Arthur, told Renfrewshire News: “The job prospects of young people in Renfrewshire South have been hit hard by this pandemic.
“So, this announcement of extra support to help our young people into work really couldn’t come at a better time.
“This payment will help local people with the extra expenses that are often attached to a starting a new job, such as travel costs, new work clothes or even childcare.
“In Government, the SNP is working hard to create new opportunities for work as we rebuild our economy. I’d encourage anyone in Renfrewshire South who thinks they may be eligible to apply online.”