Benefits and Entitlements for families

There is a wide range of financial help for families. Some is available to all, some only in special circumstances, and some only if your income is low.

From pregnancy through to your child reaching age 20, state help is available towards the cost of raising a family. Make sure you claim everything you are entitled to.

See the tables later on in this section for a quick guide to state help for families. You’ll find details of some of the key benefits in these other sections:

Most benefits and entitlements are not paid automatically and can be backdated only for a short period. Claim now so you don’t lose out.

http://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/parents/entitlements/benefits/default.aspx

Useful contacts

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Parent’s guide to money calculators

Money Advice Service
moneyadviceservice.org.uk/parents

Child Benefit

HM Revenue & Customs
Tel:           0300 200 3100
www.hmrc.gov.uk/childbenefit

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit

HM Revenue & Customs
Tel:             0345 300 3900
www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits

Also see a previous Northhantsmum blog post on tax credits.

Healthy Start vitamins and vouchers

Your midwife or doctor
Tel:           0345 607 6823
www.healthystart.nhs.uk

Statutory Maternity and Paternity Pay

Your employer

Additional Paternity Leave and Pay

Directgov (Great Britain)
www.direct.gov.uk/dadsatwork

Maternity Allowance, Sure Start Maternity Grant, Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Widowed Parent’s Allowance

Jobcentre Plus (Great Britain)
See phone book
www.direct.gov.uk/jobseekers

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit

Your local authority (Great Britain)
See phone book

Jobcentre Plus (Great Britain) if applying at same time as other benefits
See phone book
www.direct.gov.uk/jobseekers

Early education places

Family Information Service (Great Britain)
http://local.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/index.jsp?LGSL=1579&LGIL=8&ServiceName=Find%20out%20about%20family%20information%20services

To find local childcare and nurseries (Great Britain)
Contact your local authority
http://www.familyandchildcaretrust.org/

School-related benefits

Your local education authority (Great Britain)

See phone book

Discretionary Support Fund

Next Step
Tel:             0800 100 900
www.direct.gov.uk/nextstep

Student services team at your college

Childcare Grant and Parents’ Learning Allowance

Student Finance England
Tel:             0845 300 5090
www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

For help claiming benefits

Citizens Advice Bureau (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
See phone book
www.citizensadvice.org.uk (England and Wales)
www.citizensadvice.co.uk (Northern Ireland)

Community Legal Advice (England and Wales)
Tel:             0845 345 4345
www.legalservices.gov.uk/public/community_legal_advice.asp

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