ABOUT BENEFITS

This leaflet is about benefits throughout the life cycle

Childhood & Adolescence (0-19) - Child Benefits

What is a child benefit?A child benefit is a tax-free paymet that you claim for your child. It is usually paid every 4 weeks but can sometimes be paid weekly. There are separate rates payable for each child. The payment can be claimed by anyone who qualifies, whatever their income or savings.

current weekly amounts

Eldest child or only child- £20.30                                                                                           Additional children-per child - £13.40                                                                              Guardians allowance- per child - £15.55

Adolescence (13-19) - Student Loan

Full-time students starting a course from 1 September 2012 can apply for loans to help with their tuition fees and living costs. Part-time students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan for the first time from 2012/13. How much money you get depends on your circumstances.

Maximum Tuition Fee Loans

New Full-Time Students- £9,000                                                                                               New Full-Time Students at private university or college- £6,000                                           New Part Time Students- £6,750                                                                                               New Part Time Students at private university or college- £4,500

Adolescence, Young Adult & Middle Adult (13-60) - Jobseekers Allowance

Jobseekers allowance is a benefit paid to eligible people who are currently unemployed and looking for work.

Maximum Weekly amount

Under 25- £56.25                                                                                                                           Over 25- £71.00                                                                                                                            Couples, civil partnerships- £111.45

Late Adult (60+) - Pensions

When planning your retirement there are 3 main types of pension you need to consider. These are state pensions, personal pensions and company pensions.