Benefits for families


  1. Universal Credit

    Universal Credit is replacing 6 other benefits with a single monthly payment if you're out of work or on a low income - eligibility, how to prepare

  2. Benefits calculators

    Find out what benefits you could get, how much you could get and how to claim

  3. Help paying for childcare

    Help with the cost of paying for approved childcare - Tax-Free Childcare, 15 and 30 hours childcare, childcare vouchers, tax credits, Learner Support

  4. Apply for free school meals

    Check if your child can get free school meals - and find out how to apply on your local authority’s website

  5. Maternity pay and leave

    Your Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and Leave - what you get, how to claim, maternity rights and extra help

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Benefits and pensions for UK nationals in the EU, EEA or Switzerland if there's a no-deal Brexit
  2. Universal Credit: support for a maximum of 2 children: information for claimants
  3. Maternity benefits: detailed guide
  4. Benefits and pensions for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK if there's a no-deal Brexit
  5. LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2019
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News and communications

Research and statistics

  1. Child Benefit statistics geographical analysis - August 2018
  2. Children in out-of-work benefit households: 31 May 2017
  3. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: December 2018 to February 2019
  4. Personal tax credits: provisional statistics
  5. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: September to November 2018
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