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Healthy Start

Healthy Start Healthy start is a national programme which provide weekly free vouchers for low income families with children under four, to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. You may be…

Income Support

Income Support is a means-tested benefit that you may be able to claim if you are on a low income. The amount you receive will depend on your personal circumstances. You may be entitled to Income Support if you are not required by Jobcentre Plus…

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

If you are unemployed, or work less than 16 hours a week, you may be entitled to claim JSA while you are looking for a job. You must sign a Jobseeker’s Agreement at your local Jobcentre Plus detailing what steps you will take to find…

Junior ISA

A junior ISA is a permanently tax-free savings or investment wrapper aimed at encouraging families to save for their children's futures. Any money you put in one will be locked away until your child's 18th birthday, when it becomes their cash, and will become a…

Maternity Grant

Sure Start Maternity Grant The Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment of £500 for each baby that does not have to be repaid. If you need help with the cost of buying essential items for a new baby, this grant could help you.…

Money Advice Service

Free and impartial money advice, set up by government, providing  Advice and guides to help improve your finances Tools and calculators to help keep track and plan ahead Support over the phone and online

Money Matters

All parents may find caring for a child puts a strain on their household budget. If you are caring for a child with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), this strain might be particularly large. Specialist equipment and services, transport, and extra day-to-day costs can…

Personalisation, personal budgets and direct payments

What is a personal budget? Personalisation places people at the heart of the assessment and discussions about how they would like their services delivered, ensuring they have as much choice and control over the shape of their support as possible. It enables the provision of…

Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay

What is Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay? When you adopt or have a child through surrogacy, you’re entitled to a year off work and up to 39 weeks’ Statutory Adoption Pay. Who gets it?Only one person in a couple can take adoption leave and pay.…

Statutory Paternity Leave and Pay

What is Statutory Paternity Leave and Pay? One or two weeks’ paid time off work so that you can help look after your new baby. Who gets it?You must be: The child’s biological father or adopter The mother’s partner The intended parent (if you’re having…