Types of benefits that you may be eligible to claim and who you should contact for more information.
Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) requires the parent/adult to actively look for work, attend appointments at the Job Centre and is paid fortnightly.
Income Support is paid when there is a child under 4 within the home and does not require the parent to attend the Job centre regularly. This is paid fortnightly. It is also paid to those who may be caring for a child with disabilities
Employment Support Allowance (ESA) is a payment for adults who are not able to work due to medical reasons. GP Fit Notes are required to be submitted by the adult at regular intervals (dependant on the case). This is paid fortnightly
Universal Credit (UC) - all new claimants or those who have a ‘change of circumstances’ will be moved onto UC- this is paid monthly and includes all other benefits such as Housing benefit. Eventually all claims will move to UC
Child benefit: Paid weekly (or monthly if requested) and is paid to all parents regardless of their income
Child Tax Credit: This is paid weekly and increases with the number of children (for up to 2 children)
Personal Independence Payment (PIP): This is the equivalent of disability allowance and is paid at different rates depending on the level of disability
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)- this is paid for a child with a recognised disability
Housing Benefit: Paid via the local council and is paid monthly- direct to the adult if private rented or direct to social landlord eg Incommunities /Yorkshire Housing