Help if you have children or are expecting
There are a number of benefits available for families, and those who are currently pregnant.
Child benefit is a payment that can help towards your costs for children. You can claim Child Benefit for each child you’re responsible for, regardless of whether you’re working or have savings. Payments are tax-free as long as neither parent or carer earns more than £50,000 a year.
If you are bringing up someone else’s child, you may be able to claim Guardian’s Allowance, which can be paid as well as child benefit. For details see here
Universal Credit can include an amount to help with the costs of looking after your child or children.
There are restrictions on how many children can be included in your claim. You may get extra money added to your Universal Credit if your dependent child is disabled.
In most cases you can no longer make a new claim for tax credits. If you already get tax credits, tell them if you have another baby or a child comes to live with you as you may get more money. If you already get tax credits and start/ stop or change your working hours or pay as this may affect how much credit you receive.
You could get a one off payment of £500 to help towards the cost of having a child and you receive certain benefits.
Free School Meals
Free meals are available for children aged 5-16 in state schools.
School Essentials Grant (previously Pupil Development Grant)
Healthy Start Vouchers
Healthy Start is a scheme to help expectant mothers, new parents and their children to eat healthily. If you qualify, you can get free vitamins, and a voucher towards the costs of milk, vegetables and fruit. Apply for healthy start vouchers.
Food and Fun – SHEP
This is a free scheme held in school holidays and includes childcare, activities and meals for children during the holidays in their own school. Please contact your school to see if they run the scheme.
Breakfast clubs offer a free, healthy breakfast in some schools. Please contact your own school to see if they have a free breakfast club.