Benefits you may be able to claim

Support for those aged 16 to 19

If you’re aged 16-17, you may be able to claim certain benefits or tax credits if you are on a low income, looking for work, sick, disabled, expecting a baby, bringing up children or caring for another adult. 

Jobseeker's Allowance 

If you are 16 or 17, you will only be able to get Jobseeker’s Allowance in exceptional circumstances. For example, you are no longer on friendly terms with your family and you are living in poverty. 
 
If you think you may have exceptional circumstances, call your local JobCentre Plus office. 
 
For more information, including eligibility and how to claim, visit the gov.uk Jobseeker’s Allowance page  

Care to learn 

Care to Learn is a scheme that could help you with the cost of child care if you are learning and are aged under 20. 

Find out more, including eligibility and how to claim gov.uk Care to Learn page 

Parents' Learning Allowance 

If you’re a full-time student with children, you may be eligible for help with learning costs. This is called Parents’ Learning Allowance.  

Find out more, including eligibility and how to claim on the gov.uk Parents’ Learning Allowance page  

Health costs  

You may be able to get help with certain health costs, such as prescriptions, eye care, dental care and travel costs. 

Find out more about any help you may be able to get on the NHS help with health costs page 

Support in finding work 

If you have been living in Newham for a year or more, you may be able to get help and support from Workplace, a recruitment organisation that makes sure local people benefit from local jobs, including apprenticeships

16-19 bursaries 

If you are aged between 16 and 19 and think you might struggle with the costs for full-time education or training you may be able to get a bursary. 

Find out more, including eligibility and how to claim on the gov.uk 16-19 Bursary page