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Benefits and Allowances

Recent research by Contact a Family suggests that families with disabled children are more at risk of getting into debt as it costs more to raise a child with additional needs. Many families are having to go without the basics of food and heating as they struggle to make ends meet. Here's more information on the social welfare payments to which you may be entitled.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

is the main benefit for children and adults with disabilities.  If a child is under 16 then the parent/carer has to claim on their behalf.... 

Benefits for Carers- Carers Allowance (CA)

This is a mean tested benefit paid to carers to care for someone who gets DLA care component at the middle or high rate...

Benefits for out of work, looking for work, or in work parents

Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) is a means tested benefit for people who are not working.  There are 2 types of JSA....

Money and Other Help for Having Children

Child Tax Credit (CTC) can be claimed by anyone who has a dependent child.  The amount you get depends....

Help with housing costs and council tax payments

This section provides information about the wide range of benefits that are available in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

DWP Benefit cap factsheet

Released by the DWP following the Spending Review 2010

Find up-to-date information online for all entitlements on the gov.uk website.

Contact a Family can give you a full benefits check - their freephone helpline is 0808 808 3555, open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5pm. Find more information online.