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Bringing up a child

If you are bringing up a child, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you.

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Benefits

To check what benefits you might be entitled to quickly and easily, you can use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator

To read more about the benefits available for people who are bringing up a child, select from the list below:

Child Benefit - if you are responsible for bringing up a child aged under 16 or a young person aged under 20 if they are still in full-time education up to A level or equivalent, or on certain approved training courses. 

Universal Credit - if you are aged between 16 and pension age and on a low income or aren't working. It includes amounts for children. For new claimants, Universal Credit replaces the help that used to be given through Child Tax Credits. If you are a lone parent, see our Single Parents: Claimant Commitment under Universal Credit. If you have a disability you should read our guide on the Severe Disability Premium.

Child Tax Credit - if you are 16 or over and responsible for bringing up a child aged under 16 or a young person aged under 20 if they are still in full-time education up to A level or equivalent, or on certain approved training courses. Child Tax Credit is gradually being replaced by Universal Credit.  Our guide on Child Tax Credit has information on who can still get it.

Guardian's Allowance - if you are bringing up a child whose parents have died or one has died and the other is unable to look after them in certain circumstances. You have to also be getting Child Benefit for the child.

If you are a fostering a child, read our Foster carers and benefits guide.

Related information

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Grants

To find out what help may be available from grant giving charities, you can use the Turn2us Grants Search

Turn2us Grants Search

If you looking for help with Electricity, Water or Gas bills please use this link - https://grants-search.turn2us.org.uk/?otherissues=45. You have to do the postcode, age and gender search first. When you click the 'Next' button, the results will show energy and water company schemes and grant-giving charities that may be able to help you with these costs.

Advice and Support

Turn2us is unable to offer advice on individual situations. To find an adviser in your area to discuss your situation with, you can use the Turn2us Find an Adviser tool

Find an Adviser

Further information resources

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Last updated July 2019