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What help can working parents get from the Government?

Posted on 30 August 2016

Working Tax Credits

Depending on circumstances and income levels, some families may be able to claim Working Tax Credits. The requirements for Working Tax Credits include being 25 and over or 24 and under but with children or a qualifying disability, your earnings and hours worked are also taken into account.   

Working Tax Credits are a ‘top up’ for your earnings and the basic amount is up to £1,960 a year however more or less is given depending on your circumstances. If you have children, pay for approved childcare and work 16 hours a week or more then you could qualify for the ‘Childcare Element’ of Working Tax Credits.

Click here to use the tax credit calculator to find out if you’re eligible and how much you could receive.

Child Tax Credits

Child Tax Credits can be claimed if you’re working or not and like Working Tax Credits are a ‘top up’ for your earnings. You can receive Child Tax credits if you have children under the age of 16 or 20 if your child is in eligible education.

Your income and childcare costs are also taken into account and you may not be eligible if you earn over a certain amount.

Click here for more information and to find out if you qualify for Child Tax Credits.

Free childcare

Every 3 and 4 year old is entitled to free childcare in the UK however it differs from country to country. In England all 3 and 4 year olds can receive 570 hours of free childcare per year, in Scotland it’s 600, in Wales it’s 10 hours per week over 38 weeks and Northern Ireland 12.5 hours per week.

You can find out more about free childcare for 3 to 4 year olds here and here.