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Child Tax Credit (CTC)

Child Tax Credit is money that can be claimed from the government to increase your family's income. Parents can claim for children under 16, or children aged 16 to 19, as long as they are in certain types of education or training.

Contact - Benefits and Advice Helpline

This is a free, confidential helpline for parents of disabled children living in England, run by Contact offering high quality and up-to-date advice on welfare benefits. Contact is a charity for families with disabled children. Contact advisers will make sure that parents have the right information…

Cerebra

Cerebra is a charity set up to help improve the lives of children and young people with brain related conditions through research, education and directly supporting the children and their carers. Cerebra's website and telephone helpline aims to help all children up to the…

Access to Work Fund

From September 2013, young people with a disability, health or mental health condition on or about to start the work experience placement of a supported internship or traineeship, can apply to the Department for Work and Pensions' Access to Work fund. Young people can apply for:…

Benefits Calculator

Get an estimate of what benefits (eg Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance) and tax credits you could get, and find out about claiming specific benefits. You can also find out how your benefits would be affected by a change in circumstances (eg if…

Financial Ombudsman Service

The Financial Ombudsman Service is the official independent expert in settling complaints between consumers and businesses providing financial services.  Many complaints are caused by misunderstandings that the business can quickly put right, once you explain the problem.  Therefore, if you are…

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…

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…