Benefits table

This section is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, the rules can change and you should contact the relevant organisation for up-to-date details of the benefits you may qualify for.

 
Name of benefit Who may qualify Where to find more
information and help

This benefits table is not a complete list of all benefits available. Please visit www.gov.uk/benefits-adviser to find out if you're entitled to any other benefits.

Child Benefit

You may qualify if you're responsible for a child and your child is:

  • under 16, or
  • over 16 but under 20 and is in education or training that counts for child benefit
  • under 18 and has recently left education or training but they must have registered for work, education or training with a careers service, Connexions, Ministry of Defence or similar

GOV.UK
www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/child

Working Tax Credit

You may qualify if you're aged 16 or over and:

  • you may work at least 16 hours or more a week and you either
    • (a) are responsible for a child, or
    • (b) have a disability, or
  • work 30 hours or more a week and you're aged 25 or over.

As part of the Working Tax Credit you may qualify for help towards the costs of registered or approved childcare.

GOV.UK
www.gov.uk/working-tax-credit

Child Tax Credit

You may qualify if you're responsible for a child and your child is:

  • under 16, or
  • over 16 but under 20 and is in education or training that counts for child benefit
  • under 18 and has recently left education or training but they must have registered for work, education or training with a careers service, Connexions, Ministry of Defence or similar

Whether you qualify will depend on your earnings and circumstances.

GOV.UK
www.gov.uk/child-tax-credit

Income Support

If you're a lone parent with care of a child, you may qualify for Income Support

From 25th October 2010, if your youngest child is aged 5 or over, or will be 5 in the next year, your Income Support may stop during that year if you are only claiming it because you are a lone parent.

GOV.UK
www.gov.uk/income-support

Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

If you're unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week and looking for full-time work and are aged 18 or over.

GOV.UK
www.gov.uk/jobseekers-allowance

Employment and Support Allowance

If you're not working because of an illness or disability

GOV.UK
www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

Free school meals Your children could get free school meals if they attend a local authority maintained school in England and Wales or a local authority school in Scotland. To qualify, you must be getting Child Tax Credit only (not Working Tax Credit) and have a household income of £16,190 a year or less.

See if you can get free school meals

www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

Free prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests

You may qualify if you:

  • are claiming Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, or
  • are pregnant, or
  • have given birth in the last 12 months, or
  • are under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education.

For free prescriptions, see the form on the back of your prescription.

For free dental treatment or eye tests for children, ask at your dentist and opticians.

Housing Benefit

You may qualify if you are:

  • receiving Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
  • on a low income and don't have more than £16,000 in savings or other assets (you can get some help towards your rent, even if you are in work).

GOV.UK
https://www.gov.uk/housing-benefit