Money and finances for care leavers

There have been many changes to the Benefits System. This can be confusing, overwhelming, and frustrating. Your Personal Advisor can give you some basic information relating to benefits but it is best for you to seek specialist advice from the Job Centre on any benefits you are entitled to claim. Your PA can help you to do this and can also speak to the Job Centre on your behalf if you give them consent to do this.

Your Personal Advisor can help you with initial benefit claims process when you turn 18 years old. This can be done up to 4 weeks before you are 18 to prevent delay in payments.

To make a claim you will need:

  • valid I.D
  • National Insurance Number
  • a bank account for payments to be paid into
  • you must keep all your appointments with the Job Centre, if you don’t they will sanction you (stop your benefit payments) this can be for weeks or even up to a maximum of 3 years!

Find out more by downloading the document Financial support for care leavers