Understanding benefits

Understanding benefits

The benefits system has been put into place to provide practical help and financial support if you are unemployed and looking for work. It can also offer you additional income when your earnings are low, if you are bringing up children, care for someone, are ill or have a disability and even if you are a parent in education, look at study options for young parents.

It is very important that you understand what benefits you are entitled to and get what you are entitled to!

Do I qualify for benefits?

You may be entitled to receive benefits if you are on a low income or have certain costs to meet because of your personal situation.


Check the information

If any of the following apply to you:

  • you are on a low income (employed or looking for work)
  • you have dependent children (remember that you can claim income support during holidays if you are in education and have a dependent child)
  • you are sick or have a disability
  • you are caring for someone
  • you have reached the age at which you can claim Pension Credit (well this is a young parents website, most of you might have a long way to go)
  • you have been bereaved
  • you are pregnant or have recently had a baby
  • To find out if you may qualify to receive financial or other support visit: https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits

Types of benefits you could get

Going back to education or work?

There is plenty of help available if you are a young parent and you work or study either part time or full time http://www.entitledto.co.uk/ can help you calculate what you’re entitled to.

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