If you have children, there may be other benefits or financial help that you haven’t considered.
30/15 hours free childcare
30 hours free childcare
Eligible working families in England with 3 and 4 year old children can receive 30 hours of free childcare a week.
15 hours free childcare
Families in England who have 2 year old children and are on certain benefits can get 15 hours of free childcare a week.
All families with children aged 3 and 4 can also access 15 hours of free childcare a week.
You can claim Child Benefit if you’re responsible for bringing up a child who is:
- under 16
- under 20 if they stay in approved education or training
Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.
It’s paid every 4 weeks and there’s no limit to how many children you can claim for.
Claim back childcare costs
You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re eligible for Universal Credit, with up to £646 back each month for one child or £1,108 for 2 or more children.
Apply for free school meals
Holiday activities and food programme
Claim Healthy Start vouchers
Get help with maternity costs
Food banks and food pantries
We know it’s a challenging time for everyone at the moment and that sometimes the essentials in life, like food, can take a back seat when you’re struggling financially.
We work with food banks and food pantries across the country that help to serve those who may need extra help in some of the communities where we have properties.
Take a look at our dedicated page to find out the difference between food banks and food pantries, what each can offer and where you can find them, should you need them.
We work with charity Sal’s Shoes, who provide age appropriate footwear, available from Guinness supported community hubs, operating in busy areas.
The shops are filled with pre-loved shoes organised by size and colour, and laid out like a normal shoe shop. There are school shoes, trainers, wellies and more. Children can have their feet measured and choose the shoes they like best, rather than simply being given a pair that fits. Some of the hubs also have school uniform essentials available.
Find out more about the hubs and how to access them.