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There are a number of benefits and tax credits that you may be
entitled to. Some benefits can be paid because your child is
disabled while others may be paid to you for other reasons. For
example, you may be getting disability living allowance (DLA) for
your child and Carer's Allowance as their carer. Depending on your
income and certain other factors, you may also be able to claim
benefits such as income support, child tax credit and housing
Browse this section for up-to-date information on the benefits
you might be entitled to:
Ongoing benefit changes
Disability Living Allowance
Personal Independence Payment
And find out about:
When to claim
How are benefits paid?
Getting a benefits check
Each benefit and tax credit has its own set of eligibility
criteria. This means you need to meet certain conditions to
When you know which benefit or tax credit to claim, phone the
appropriate office straight away. It is difficult to get awards
Some benefits (for example Disability Living Allowance) can't be
paid for a period before the date you claimed, no matter what the
circumstances. So long as you are not subject to immigration
control, you should claim now, even if you are not sure you
qualify, as you could miss out if you delay.
Some benefits are paid as tax credits by HM Revenue and Customs.
Different offices of the Department for Work and Pensions pay most
other benefits. However, housing and council tax benefits are paid
by your local authority.
Benefits and tax credits are usually paid directly into a
parent's bank account. Any benefits for your child - such as DLA
and child benefit - will be paid to you as their parent. When your
child reaches 16 years they may be able to claim benefits in their
Over the next three years the government will be making a number
of important changes to the benefits system. Read our section on forthcoming
benefits changes for more info. Our guide for parents
Personal Independence Payment, Universal Credit and other
forthcoming benefit changes is also available from our
freephone helpline call 0808 808 3555, Monday to Friday,
freephone national helpline (on 0808 808 3555) or your
local Citizens Advice Bureau or welfare rights unit can carry
out a full benefits check for you.
Keep up to date with all the latest change to the benefits
system by subscribing to
our What's New newsletter.
Download our parent guide
Money Matters - a checklist when your child has additional
needs [PDF] to find out more about financial help you
might be entitled to.
Browse our resource library for more information on
finance and our parent guide to Benefits, tax credits and other
financial help is currently being updated and covers topics
to our What's New e-newsletter to receive the latest
updates about benefit changes.
Read our advice on support in work and finding and
paying for childcare.
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