Having children and raising a family can be expensive. There are a number of schemes to support families.
The government provides information on a number of different Benefits for families, including who they are for and how you can apply for them, including;
- Apply for free school meals
- Benefits calculators
- Care to Learn
- Carer's Credit
- Childcare Grant
- Claim if you were injured while serving in the armed forces
- Guardian's Allowance
- Healthy Start
- Help paying for childcare
- Maternity Allowance
- Maternity pay and leave
- Parents' Learning Allowance
- Sure Start Maternity Grant
Bringing up a disabled child can be more expensive than bringing up a child without disabilities and there are various sources of funding that can help you.
Children who have severe and complex needs may be able to get a Personal Budget.
Supporting young people directly, or their parent carers, there are many organisations and services that can provide advice on managing money, and help you identify and claim financial support.
Help paying for childcare
Many parents rely upon childcare to meet the needs of busy family lives but can be overwhelmed by the cost of childcare.
There are schemes out there to help you with the costs of accessing childcare. As long as the childcare is Ofsted-registered, you may want to consider the following: