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Published on April 13th, 2020 | by The Town Crier


Paddock Wood Community Centre Advice: Benefits and Support for Families


We can help you to understand what benefits and support are available for families and how to apply for them.

Guardian’s Allowance Child Benefit   Childcare Grant   Carer’s Credit  
Maternity Allowance Child Trust Fund   Free school meals Care to Learn
Maternity pay and leave Healthy Start Help paying for childcare Parents’ Learning Allowance
Sure Start Maternity Grant Universal Credit   Parental Leave   Bereavement Support Payments

Child Benefit

You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible a child who is under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training). By claiming, you can get NI credits which count towards your State Pension. Your child will automatically get a NI number when they’re 16 years old. If you choose not to get Child Benefit payments, you should still fill in and send off the claim form.

Help paying for childcare

You can get help paying for childcare if it is ‘approved childcare’. This usually means the childcare provider is registered with Ofsted. We can help you to find a nursery school place, a registered childminder or search for free early education and childcare.

Universal Credit

The DWP classes a ‘family’ as a single claimant or couple claimants who are responsible for one or more children or qualifying young persons. With Universal Credit, you could get regular monthly payments, which do not necessarily stop when you start work. This may make it easier to combine work with being a parent or take part-time, flexible or temporary jobs to help you gain valuable skills and avoid CV gaps. For more information, get in touch with us.

For more information or help about Benefits and support for families or general advice, contact Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre at 64 Commercial Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6DP Email: info@pwadvice.org Tel: 01892838619

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