For information on entitlements like housing benefit, council
tax and child benefit, please visit the benefits and entitlements pages.
Help with work
If you are looking to start a family and are working, you might be
entitled to benefits from the government. The types of statutory
award vary depending on your circumstance. Ask your employer about
their Human Resources policy on maternity/paternity or adoption.
You may be entitled to additional support. If you are a single
parent and are looking to get back into work, you might be eligible
for support from your local
Help with childcare
Help with childcare costs There are several schemes available
for families to help reduce the cost of childcare. Some of these
schemes are universal and are available to everyone, some are only
for people that work for 16 hours per week, and others are age
specific and designed to get people back into work or education.
There is also support available from the health sector, training
providers and from the voluntary sector through certain charities.
Please contact the Family
Information Service for further details.
Help with education
The items in this section might be able to offer you financial
support, depending on the type of education you are
StepChange is a registered charity that offers free,
confidential debt advice and support to anyone who is worried about
Their online debt counselling tool, StepChange Debt Remedy,
can provide you with advice tailored to your individual
circumstances. All advice and recommendations are backed by over 15
years of experience and knowledge gained by StepChange counsellors.
You don’t have to give your name and the service is totally
If you have any debt related issues, or are seeking
financial advice, you can contact StepChange on their helpline
0800 138 1111 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, or visit the