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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.

However, from the 6th April 2017 most people will only be able to claim for up to two children if any of them are born after that date. 

If you have a disabled child, you may be entitled to extra tax credit. 

Child Tax Credit will eventually be replaced by Universal Credit.

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

Working Tax Credit

Parents who work at least 24 hours per week between them, with one person working at least 16 hours per week, can claim Working Tax Credit.

Lone parents only need to work 16 hours per week to qualify.

Working Tax Credit will eventually be replaced by Universal Credit.

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

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

Other benefits

You may also be entitled to: