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Extra support for parents on benefits or low incomes

If you are on a low income or claim benefits, you could get extra help such as:

These are on top of the benefits available to most parents and parents to be.

Use Benefits calculators to check exactly what benefits you might be entitled to.

Healthy Start Vouchers and Vitamins

If you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4-years-old, you can get Healthy Start Vouchers if you’re:

You can spend Healthy Start Vouchers on basic foods like:

  • milk
  • fruit and vegetables
  • fresh, dried and tinned pulses, peas and beans

Women and children can also get vitamin coupons to swap for free Healthy Start vitamins. Healthy Start vitamins are specifically designed for pregnant and breastfeeding women and growing children.

Your midwife or health visitor will be able to tell you where you can swap your coupon for vitamins in your area.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

You can get a Sure Start Maternity Grant of £500 if you get some benefits and there aren’t children already in your family. The grant doesn’t have to be paid back.

If there are already children in your family, you might still be able to get a Sure Start Maternity Grant if:

  • you’re expecting a ‘multiple birth’ such as twins
  • the child you’re caring is not yours or your partner’s
  • you’ve been granted refugee status or humanitarian protection and you have a child or children from before you arrived in the UK
  • if you’re adopting or becoming a surrogate parent

Support for your child at school

If you’re on some benefits your child can get support at in their early education and at school, college and university.

This support could include:

  • early years pupil premium, extra funding to help their early education
  • pupil premium, extra funding to help their school education
  • free school meals
  • free school transport
  • fund and grants at college and university

Find out more about support at school for low-income families.

Children who are in care, have been in care or have special educational needs or disabilities could also get some of this extra support.

Local support and charities

In Buckinghamshire, there are lots of local support schemes that can also give advice or help with:

  • food
  • clothing
  • furniture
  • housing

Find out more about local support and charities