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  • Shared Parental Leave and Pay

    If you and your partner are expecting a child, you can choose to share some of your parental leave and pay.

  • Starting or looking for work

    If you looking for work or starting a new job and are on a low income, there are a number of schemes that might help you.

  • Self employment and benefits

    If you or your partner are working, or thinking of starting work, as a self employed person you might qualify for welfare benefits to top up your income.

  • Working hours: benefits rules

    If you are doing paid work for an employer or are self-employed but on a low income, you may still qualify for certain welfare benefits. Benefit entitlement can depend on how many hours of paid work you do per week.

  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA): Permitted Work

    Find out more about Permitted Work under Employment and Support Allowance.

  • Asylum Seekers

    There are special rules about benefits for asylum seekers waiting for a decision on an asylum application.

  • Habitual Residence Test

    All claimants have to pass or be exempt from the Habitual Residence Test in order to claim certain benefits and Tax Credits.

  • Refugee leave and humanitarian protection

    This guide gives information on the definition of a refugee, when they can claim benefits and which ones.

  • Redundancy

    Find out more about what you can do if you are facing redundancy and which benefits you may be able to claim.

  • Young People and benefits

    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.