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Help with money for parents

Find out what help you can get with money if you're pregnant or you have children.

  1. COVID spring hardship payment

    Each child who gets free school meals (low income) will get £100 paid by local councils. For most it’s automatic but some people might need to apply.

  2. COVID winter hardship payment (£100 per child)

    Each child who gets free school meals (low income) will get £100 paid by local councils. For most it’s automatic but some people might need to apply.

  3. Child Benefit

    Find out about eligibility, claiming and when Child Benefit stops.

  4. Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payments

    Each child who gets free school meals because of a low income will get the Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payments. This includes the Family Pandemic Payment and the spring and winter Covid hardship payments.

  5. Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods

    How to apply for the School Age Payment, Early Learning Payment, Pregnancy and Baby Payment and a prepaid card to buy healthy food.

  6. Scottish Child Payment

    Find out about Scottish Child Payment, who can get it and how to apply.

  7. Child maintenance

    Find out how to arrange child maintenance when you've separated from the other parent.

  8. Financial help if you have a disabled child

    Information about the benefits you can get if you have a disabled child.

  9. Get help with money if you have a child

    Information on the benefits, grants and vouchers you may be able to claim to help you look after your child.

  10. Get help with money if you're pregnant

    If you're pregnant you can get help with money, such as paid leave from work you can share with your partner and cash payments, like Best Start Grant.

  11. Guardian's Allowance

    Help if you're looking after a child who is not your own – rates, eligibility, how to claim or appeal a decision.

  12. Help with school clothing costs

    Information about how to apply for financial help for school clothing and shoes via the school clothing grant.

  13. Young Patients Family Fund

    The Young Patients Family Fund helps with the cost of travel and food for parents, parent substitutes or siblings (aged under 18) of a inpatient under the age of 18 receiving care at hospital

  14. School meals

    Information about who can claim free school meals and how you claim them.

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