Getting benefits advice

If you have lost your job or are working reduced hours you may be able to claim benefits:

Claiming benefits:

To find out what you can claim and how to make a claim use our Benefits Calculator:

Universal Credit

This short video explains more about Universal Credit:

Applying for Universal Credit (UC): Click on each step in the link below to work your way through the Universal Credit application process:

Immigration schemes: Some immigration schemes (such as the EU Settlement Scheme or the Ukraine schemes) allow you to claim benefits if you meet the criteria. The Work Rights Centre has a short questionnaire to help you see if you are eligible for Universal Credit:

How to claim Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance and New Style Employment and Support Allowance

This site has information about all benefits and financial support provided by the UK Government:

Childcare costs

You can claim child benefit if you are responsible for bringing up a child under the age of 16 (or under 20 if they are in education or training):

All children aged 3 to 4 in England are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare. Some may be eligible for 30 hours free childcare, depending on your income and whether you are working:

Help to pay for your childcare:

This site provides more information about help with paying for childcare:

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Page last updated: 21 December 2023

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