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Can I get benefits?

Benefits such as Income Support or Jobs Seekers Allowance (JSA)are not normally available to under 18s. There are some circumstances in which claims can be made by under 18s depending on specific family circumstances, young parents or young people living independently.

Child Benefit is usually paid to persons:

  • aged under 16
  • aged between 16 and 19 - up to 20 in some cases - and is in relevant education or training
  • 16 or 17 years old and has recently left relevant education or training - however, they must have registered for work or training with the Careers or Connexions Service, Ministry of Defence, Department for Employment and Learning (in Northern Ireland) or an Education and Library Board (in Northern Ireland)

If you're not sure whether or not you qualify, the Child Benefit Helpline is open between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm, seven days a week, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. You can contact the helpline on Tel 0845 302 1444 or textphone Tel 0845 302 1474.

Wiltshire Community Foundation is a registered charity and grant making trust. They now offer financial assistance to young people who want to make the most of their potential and improve their life chances. They have supported over 100 students through university and have helped over 100 more who need financial assistance to access education or vocational training. As well as providing funding for children and young  people who are disadvantaged financially or by disability, or have been in care.

What do they fund………

               children and young people up to age 25; from Salisbury to Swindon, from Trowbridge to Tidworth;                   

                                 for specialist equipment, for travel and transport, for resources and course costs

Find out more here odm.wiltshirecf.org.uk/