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Young People and benefits - Young people in work

If you are aged under 18 (or under 20 in some circumstances), there may be extra rules to meet to get benefits. If you cannot get benefits in your own right, someone else, such as a parent or guardian, may be able to claim amounts for you within the benefits they get.

Young people in work

If you are a young person and are working, you may qualify for Working Tax Credit (WTC) if you:

  • work 16 hours or more a week, and

  • are on a low income, and

  • are responsible for a child, or

  • have a disability that puts you at a disadvantage in getting a job and be getting certain disability benefits (or did so before you started work).

If you're in a couple and you are responsible for a child, you usually have to work 24 hours a week between you, with one of you working at least 16 hours a week, to get WTC.

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