You can claim free school lunches for your children if you are receiving:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA)
- Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105
- Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6,420
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING ACCOUNT (ILA)
Up to £200 for training or learningIndividuals who meet the eligibility criteria for SDS Individual Learning Accounts (ILA) may qualify for £200 a year towards training. And because it’s not a loan, the money doesn’t need to be paid back.
You could get a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child. This is known as a Sure Start Maternity Grant.
You usually qualify for the grant if both of the following apply:
- you’re expecting your first child - or you’re expecting a multiple birth (eg twins) and have children already
- you already get certain benefits
You don’t have to pay the grant back and it won’t affect your other benefits or tax credits.
FREE NHS DENTAL CARE AND FREE GLASSES
When you register at a dentist or optician let them know you receive universal credit, they will issue you some forms and maybe ask for proof of your entitlement such as letters.
Other help available
free NHS prescriptions