Benefits

The benefits system is designed to make sure that there is a minimum standard of living for everyone and My Advice Gateway provides information on how benefits are claimed and paid.

Details of planned changes to the benefit system can be found at here.

An A-Z of the Benefits System is available from GOV.UK and further information is available at CitizensAdvice, Turn2us, AgeUK and MoneyAdviceService.

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Family and Children

Family and Children

CHILD BENEFIT

Child Benefit is a tax-free payment that is paid to most people with children. You are eligible if your child is under 16, or a young person under 20 if they are still in full-time education up to A Level equivalent or on certain approved training courses.

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CHILD TAX CREDIT

Child Tax Credit is a payment for people with children to help with the cost of looking after them and you can receive the payment whether or not you are in work. The amount you receive will depend on your circumstances and income.

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HEALTH IN PREGNANCY GRANT

The Health in Pregnancy Grant is no longer available. The government stopped this grant from January 1, 2011.

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STATUTORY MATERNITY PAY & LEAVE

If you are having a baby, you are entitled to a year of Statutory Maternity Leave – no matter how long you’ve been in your job plus you may be eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay.

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STATUTORY ADOPTION PAY & LEAVE

If you are adopting a child or having a child through a surrogacy arrangement, you are entitled to a year of Statutory Adoption Leave plus you may be entitled to Statutory Adoption Pay.

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STATUTORY PATERNITY PAY & LEAVE

You can get Statutory Paternity Pay to help you take one or two weeks off work when your wife, partner or civil partner gives birth or adopts a baby.

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SHARED PARENTAL/ADOPTION LEAVE AND PAY

Shared Parental/Adoption Leave is designed to give parents more flexibility in how to share the care of their child in the first year following birth or adoption.

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MATERNITY ALLOWANCE

If you are pregnant or have a new baby and you do not qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay, you may be able to get Maternity Allowance.

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SURE START MATERNITY GRANT

If you get benefits or tax credits and are pregnant or have had a baby in the last three months you may be able to receive a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the cost of the baby.

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GUARDIAN’S ALLOWANCE

If you look after a child whose parents have died, you may be able to claim Guardian’s Allowance. In some circumstances, Guardian’s Allowance can also be paid when only one parent has died.

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