Financial help for families

There’s a range of funding available to help pay toward the cost of raising a family. Some is available to everyone, regardless of circumstances and how much you earn. Some funding is only available to certain families, and depends on the family situation and income.

Most of the financial entitlements can only be claimed when your child is born, but you may be able to get some financial support before the baby arrives – don’t miss out.

Cost of living hub

If you’re feeling the squeeze, visit our cost of living hub. If you’re struggling, there is a lot of support out there.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

You could get a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child. This is known as a Sure Start Maternity Grant. Find out about the grant and whether you may be eligible.

Healthy Start vouchers

Find out about Healthy Start and whether you are eligible to get help to buy healthy food and milk as well as free vitamins.

Maternity and paternity benefits and leave

The link below lists the benefits you’re entitled to when you’re pregnant, and has information on maternity, paternity and shared parental leave. It also lists other benefits you might be able to receive, depending on your circumstances.

Read about maternity and paternity benefits and leave

Child Maintenance

Child maintenance covers how your child’s living costs will be paid when one of the parents does not live with the child. It’s made when you’ve separated from the other parent or if you’ve never been in a relationship. Visit the Gov.UK website to find out about child maintenance.

Child Tax Credit

Find out about child tax credit and see if you are eligible at the Gov.UK website.

Working Tax Credit

Find out about working tax credit and see if you are eligible on the Gov.UK website.

Money, debt and financial advice

Do you have money worries but aren’t sure where to go for advice and support? Visit our Money Advice page to find out what free help is available face-to-face, online and by phone.