Financial help for families
If you have come to this country from abroad you may not be able to claim all the benefits mentioned on this website: you should seek advice before you apply, for example, from Citizens Advice.
In the UK any new claims for income-based benefits have now been replaced with Universal Credit (UC). You cannot make a new claim for any of the following benefits (you will have to claim UC instead unless you are in receipt of a Severe Disability Premium):
- Income Support
- Tax Credits
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
You can also use the benefits checker on the EntitledTo website to see what to claim and calculate how much you should receive.
As well as the benefits in the table below, you may be able to claim benefits to help with other expenses, for example Housing Benefit (only if you have an existing claim) to help with your rent, Council Tax Reduction to help with council tax, free school meals, and help with health costs. There is more information about these kinds of help on the GOV.UK, EntitledTo or Turn2Us websites. Some local authorities (councils) have funds called local welfare assistance to help with one off costs or financial needs in a crisis, but not all do – you can ask local advice agencies about this, for example, your Citizens Advice Bureau.
The benefit cap may reduce your entitlement to benefits, especially if you are not working.
|Working||Not working/working part-time|
|You or your partner work 16 hours a week or more||Looking for work||Bringing up children as a lone parent||Sick or disabled||Caring for a disabled adult or child|
|Money for adults||Working Tax Credit*||Jobseeker’s Allowance*||Income Support*/Jobseeker’s Allowance*|
|Money for children||Child Benefit; Child Tax Credit*|
*If make a new claim for one of these benefits or your circumstances change you will be told to claim Universal Credit instead.