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Support for families and children


  • You can claim Child Benefit if you’re responsible for bringing up a child who is under 16 or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training.
  • Sure Start Maternity Grant: a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child.
  • Healthy Start vouchers: if you're pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.
  • Free school meals: find out if your child is entitled to free school meals, and how to apply.
  • Free school uniform: families can visit the Uniform Exchange with items of uniform they don’t need any more - swap these for items you do need.
  • Tax-free childcare: get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the cost of childcare.
  • 15 hours free childcare: families in England who have 2 year old children and are on certain benefits can get 15 hours of free childcare a week. All families with children aged 3 and 4 can also access 15 hours of free childcare a week. Visit Childcare Choices for more information.
  • 30 hours free childcare, eligible working families in England with 3 and 4 year old children can receive 30 hours of free childcare a week. Visit Childcare Choices for more information.
  • Claim back childcare costs: you may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re eligible for Universal Credit.
  • Tax Credits: there are two types of Tax Credits: Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, both are available to support families with children and working people on low income by topping up earnings.
  • If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child and need support with essential items, the Family Fund might be able to help.
  • Contact provides benefits and money advice for families with disabled children.

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