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 and Working Tax Credit
Most people can't make a new claim for Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit and must claim Universal Credit instead.
You can only make a new claim for Tax Credits if you:
- get the severe disability premium or
- got the severe disability premium within the last month and are still eligible for it
If you already receive Tax Credits, you'll still get them but if your circumstances change, you might have to claim Universal Credit instead.
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
You may also be entitled to: