Financial help if you are on a low wage or have children

If you are on a low wage or have children you may be able to get money from the government.

Tax credits

Tax credits are payments from the government. If you're responsible for at least one child or young person who normally lives with you, you may qualify for Child Tax Credit. If you work, but earn low wages, you may qualify for Working Tax Credit.

Find out more about tax credits

For more information on whether you can get tax credits, how much you can get and how to claim, follow the link below.

Tax credits - find out what they are, what you can get, how to claim

Or you can phone the Tax Credits Helpline on Tel 0345 300 3900 (+ 44 289 090 8316 from outside the UK) or textphone on Tel 0345 300 3909. Lines are open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday, and 8.00 am to 4.00 pm on Saturday. They are closed Sunday, bank holidays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. An interpretation service is available.

Child Benefit

Child Benefit is money paid to people who are bringing up children. The payment can be claimed by anyone who qualifies, whatever their income or savings.

Find out more about Child Benefit

For more information on whether you can get Child Benefit, how much you can get and how to claim, follow the link below.

Child Benefit - find out who can get it and how to claim

Or you can phone the Child Benefit Helpline on Tel 0300 200 3100 (+ 44 161 210 3086 from outside the UK) or textphone on Tel 0300 200 3103. Lines are open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday, and 8.00 am to 4.00 pm on Saturday. They are closed Sunday, bank holidays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. An interpretation service is available.

Leaving the UK

You must tell us straight away if you, your partner, your child, children, or all of you leave the UK - your entitlement to tax credits and Child Benefit may be affected.

Contact the Tax Credits Helpline on Tel 0345 300 3900 (+ 44 289 090 8316 from outside the UK) or textphone on Tel 0345 300 3909. Lines are open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday, and 8.00 am to 4.00 pm on Saturday. They are closed Sunday, bank holidays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. An interpretation service is available.

Contact the Child Benefit Helpline on Tel 0300 200 3100 (+ 44 161 210 3086 from outside the UK) or textphone on Tel 0300 200 3103. Lines are open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday, and 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Saturday. They are closed, bank holidays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. An interpretation service is available.

More useful links

Benefits - information about all the benefits you might get on GOV.UK (Opens new window)