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Children and family benefits

Financial support available to families

Child Benefit

If you have a child or children, you can claim Child Benefit.

  • only one person can claim
  • you may have to pay a tax charge if you or your partner’s income is over £50,000.

For more information see Child Benefit on GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Child Tax Credit

If you’ve got children under 16 (or under 20 if they're in education or training) you may be able to claim Child Tax Credit.

With Child Tax Credit:

  • you can get money for each child that qualifies
  • you don’t need to be working to claim
  • how much you get depends on your circumstances (for example your income and child care costs)

For more information see Child Tax Credit on GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Working Tax Credit

Parents who work may be entitled to Working Tax Credit if:

  • you’re 16 to 24 and have a child or a qualifying disability
  • you’re 25 or over, with or without children

You must:

  • work a certain number of hours a week
  • get paid for the work you do
  • have an income below a certain level

For more information see Working Tax Credit on GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Maternity benefits

Expectant mothers can claim one of two benefits; Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance. Your employment history will determine which of these you can apply for.

For more information see Maternity Allowance on GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Paternity pay and leave

The partner of someone who has just had a baby, or adopted a child, is entitled to one or two weeks paid paternity leave from work. Parents can also now choose to share time off work, called Shared Parental Leave.

For more information see Shared Parental Leave and Pay on GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Sure Start Maternity Payment

This is a one-off payment to help towards the cost of having a child.

You will usually qualify if you:

  • are expecting your first child, or you’re expecting a multiple birth
  • already get certain benefits

For more information see Sure Start Maternity Grant on GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Budgeting Loans

Families claiming certain benefits can apply for a loan to pay for essential things like:

  • clothing or footwear
  • furniture and household equipment
  • moving costs
  • repaying hire purchase debt

To apply you must be getting one of these benefits for at least 26 weeks:

  • income based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income Support
  • income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit

For more information see Budgeting Loans on GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Housing Benefit

If you’re on a low income you may be able to get help with your rent.

For more information see claim Housing Benefit.

Council Tax Support

If you’re on a low income and pay Council Tax you may be able to apply for Council Tax Support.

For more information see claim Council Tax Support.