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Other available benefits

Information about benefits you may be entitled to, and how to claim them - including free school meals, clothing grants for children, tax credits, childcare vouchers and child benefit.

Can I claim free school meals for my child? 

To be eligible to claim free school meals, your child must be attending a school within the East Riding boundary and you must meet certain eligibility criteria.


Read more about eligibility for free school meals and how to apply.

Pupil Premium Grant:

If your child receives free school meals they may also be eligible to received the 'Pupil Premium Grant'.

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at children from low income families to ensure that they benefit from the same opportunities as children from families with higher incomes. You do not receive any money directly and is paid straight to the school.

The amount paid to the school will benefit your child's school, so even if you do no want your child to receive free school meals on a regular basis, or at all, you can still apply:

Find out if you are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant

Can I claim a clothing grant for my child?

To be eligible to claim a clothing grant, your child must be moving from primary to secondary school and both schools must be in the East Riding boundary and you must also be resident within the East Riding boundary. 

The parent/carer must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income support

  • Job seekers allowance (income based)

  • Employment and support allowance (income related)

  • Pension credit guaranteed credit

  • Child tax credit, provided they are not entitled to working tax credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190  

  • Universal Credit

Also, your annual income must be less than £16,190 and you cannot be in receipt of working tax credits.

Find out if you're eligible:

Clothing grant application. 

Can I use childcare vouchers to help cover the cost of childcare?

Childcare vouchers are an employee benefit for all eligible working parents.

They're a Government-approved, tax-efficient way of paying for childcare. If you join the scheme, you can exchange up to £243 a month (£55 a week) of your gross salary for childcare vouchers.

The part of your gross salary you exchange for childcare vouchers is tax-free and exempt from National Insurance contributions (NI). Because of this, you can make savings of up to £933 a parent, a year.

All registered childcare providers can accept childcare vouchers as a method of payment, including:

  • Nurseries
  • Nannies
  • Au pairs
  • Crèches
  • Childminders
  • Out of school clubs
  • Extra-curricular activities (such as music lessons)
  • Breakfast and after-school clubs
  • Holiday clubs or schemes
  • Activity holiday companies 
  • Qualifying childcare offered by schools

Read more about childcare vouchers on the GOV.UK website

Am I eligible for any other benefits or financial help?

Our online calculator provides you with an estimate of the amount of:

  • housing benefit
  • council tax support
  • child benefit
  • working tax credit
  • child tax credit
  • universal credit

 

and any other benefits that may relate to your particular circumstances.

To receive an accurate estimate of your entitlement, you will need details of your earnings, capital and any benefits you currently receive:

Calculate your entitlement online

Can I get any help paying my rent?

If you are struggling to pay your rent, we might be able to offer you a discretionary housing payment (DHP). This is a short-term payment from the council to help cover some shortfall in your rent or housing cost element of Universal Credit.

The council has a limited sum of money available to assist housing benefit claimants who still have some rent to pay.  The council decides how DHPs are allocated and each case is decided on its own merits. There isn't a clear set of allocation rules but the council must be fair and reasonable when deciding.

Read more about Discretionary Housing Payments.

I am in financial difficulties, can you help in any other way?

East Riding of Yorkshire Council have an emergency assistance scheme which aims to help residents of East Riding of Yorkshire who are in need at a time of crisis where there has been an interruption to their regular income, or require assistance when establishing themselves or remaining within the community.

Read more about the Emergency Assistance scheme.

Last Updated: Monday, 30 April 2018