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Sure Start Maternity Grant

The Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment of £500 to help towards costs of a new baby, which you do not have to repay.  It won't affect your other benefits or tax credits. You usually qualify for the grant…

Job Centre Plus Wandsworth

Jobcentre Plus is a government agency supporting people of working age from welfare into paid employment, and helping employers to fill their vacancies.Anybody can contact them for advice.Jobcentre Plus is a part of the Department for Work and Pensions. They…

NHS Childcare Co-ordinator

St George’s Healthcare Trust has a childcare co-ordinator. The childcare co-ordinator provides information to all National Health Service (NHS) staff and students who are studying to work in the healthcare profession e.g nursing. The childcare co-coordinator’s role includes:  …

Carers Allowance

This is a benefit for parents and carers who look after a disabled child or adult for at least 35 hours a week.  The disabled person must get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the middle or higher rate for personal…

Child Benefit

Child Benefit is a tax-free payment that parents claim for their children.  There are separate rates payable for each child. Child Benefit payments usually stop when the child reaches 16, unless they are in education or training.  It is not paid beyond age…

Free School Meals

Parents/carers eligible for free school meals could save themselves hundreds of pounds each year by applying.Children and young people can have free school meals, if their family is receiving:  income-based jobseeker's allowance; income-related employment and support allowance;  or child tax credit, (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax…

Child Support Agency

The Child Support Agency (CSA) provides advice and information on the statutory child maintenance schemes. These are legal processes that enable parents to pay towards the costs of their child(ren) if they are separated. For all children up to the age of…

Child Maintenance Options

Child Maintenance Options is a free service that provides impartial information and support to help separated parents make decisions about their child maintenance arrangements. This impartial information and support service for parents aims to: ensure that parents living apart…

Working Families

Working Families is the UK's leading work-life balance charity, supporting parents and carers on employment rights, campaigning for changes in the law and helping employers to develop family friendly work practices.Their confidential legal helpline offers free, impartial advice on a wide range of issues relating to reconciling…

Income Support

You may be able to get Income Support if you meet all the specific conditions including: you and your partner have no income or a low income you’re working less than 16 hours a week you…