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Last reviewed: August 2022

See also: Children / Financial Support and Benefits

See here for more information.

You may not come across, need or be eligible for all of this support. If you are going to need a support and care package, depending on your age, have a look at:

By September 2024, the government expects to have completed the transition to Universal Credit (UC). Once you’re aged 16, you may have the option of applying for this in your own right but this could affect the benefits your parents receive.  It’s extremely complicated to work out what’s best and what your family is entitled to. It’s well worth seeking specialist advice:

Contact for Families With Disabled Children has an information sheet about claiming Universal Credit as a young person age 16 years.

If you’re a parent of a teenager looking for information on financial support, there’s more information at:

Children / Financial Support & Benefits >

If you are looking for ways to get your parents help or are a parent looking for help with the rapidly rising cost of living, please see the sources of support in the Children / Cost of Living Support.