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Scottish Government launches new grant support to help youths aged 16 to 24 into work; news is welcomed by Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Maree Todd

By Philip Murray

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Maree Todd MSP.
Maree Todd MSP.

NEW grant support for unemployed youths has been welcomed by a Highland MSP.

Maree Todd has hailed the news after a new Scottish benefit was introduced today that will help 16 to 24-year-olds into work if they have been unemployed for more than 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 5000 young people across Scotland will benefit from this new financial support in its first year.

Ms Todd, who is an SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said: “The job prospects of young people in the Highlands & Islands 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 in the Highlands & Islands who thinks they may be eligible to apply online.”

People can find out more and apply through mygov.scot or by calling 0800 182 2222.

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