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Mums to be > Applying for benefits > Benefits for parents

Benefits for Parents in the UK

Parents (or guardians) are entitled to a wide range of benefits. Click on the links below for the most up-to-date information and for the appropriate forms.

Child benefit- A benefit for people bringing up children, paid for each child. If you, or your partner, have an individual income of more than £50,000 and one of you is entitled to get Child Benefit you might be affected by a new tax charge.

Sure Start Maternity Grant - A one-off payment of £500 to help with the immediate needs of your new baby, available to those on a low income.

Maternity Allowance - For working mothers (including part-time and self-employed) who are not entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay from their employer. You should claim as soon as you can after you have been pregnant for 26 weeks. If you delay, you may lose benefit. Other conditions apply.

Child Tax Credits Tax credits are payments from the government. If you're responsible for at least one child or young person who normally lives with you, you may qualify for Child Tax Credit. If you work, but earn low wages, you may qualify for Working Tax Credit. 

Child Support Maintenance - For Lone parents money paid by a 'non-resident' parent to help you with the cost of bringing up their child.

Guardians Allowance - For people bringing up a child whose parents have died.

Child Trust Fund voucher - All children eligble for a CTF account should have one. HMRC no longer issues vouchers or replacement vouchers.

Care to Learn? If you are under 20 and want to start or return to learning, care to learn may be able to pay for your childcare and travel costs.

See also Healthy Start for vouchers for milk, fruit and vegetables.

Early Years Education   All 3 and 4-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of free early education each week for 38 weeks of the year. From September 2013 some 2-year-olds will also be eligible.

You can use this website http://www.turn2us.org.uk/benefits_search.aspx to calculate what you are entitled to.

Free NHS Dental Treatment and Prescriptions.

During your pregnancy and for 12 months after your baby is born all women are entitled to free dental treatment and prescriptions. You GP or midwife will give you an application form to get the exemption certificate from your Health Authority.

Free School meals/ help towards cost of school clothes click here.

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