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Child and Family Benefits

You may be eligible for help with getting maternity pay, help with childcare and free school meals.

What help is available?

The benefits available include:

  • Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Benefit
  • Healthy Start Vouchers
  • Employer support with childcare costs
  • Free nursery education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds
  • Parents returning to work
  • Help for carers

You could also get a one-off payment to help towards the immediate costs of having a child. This is known as a Sure Start Maternity Grant.

Who to contact

Benefits for families GOV.UK website

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