Financial support available to families
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.
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)
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
- work a certain number of hours a week
- get paid for the work you do
- have an income below a certain level
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.
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.
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
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
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.