More benefits You are entitled too while recieving universal credit


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
If you are between 16 and 18 years old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, you can claim free school lunches for yourself.


Up to £200 for training or learning

Individuals 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 must claim the grant within 11 weeks of the baby’s due date or within 3 months after the baby’s birth.
You don’t have to pay the grant back and it won’t affect your other benefits or tax credits.

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
  • free NHS dental treatment
  • free wigs and fabric supports
  • free sight tests
  • help with travel costs for NHS treatment
  • help with the cost of glasses and contact lenses

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