young people

  • Care leavers and the benefits system


    training course

    Many young people who have been ‘looked after’ by the local authority are excluded from income-related benefits. Instead the local authority is responsible for supporting them. This course looks at the special benefit rules for care leavers and the local authority’s responsibilities towards these young people. We will also be covering the new developments in relation to ‘continuing care’.

    This half-day course covers:

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  • Financial help for teenage parents


    factsheet

    This factsheet gives a brief overview of the financial help available for young parents, and any special rules that may affect them.

    It contains information on benefits and tax credits that is relevant UK-wide, but some other help may only be available in Scotland.

    The information in this factsheet is not a full statement of the law, and individuals should be referred for specialist advice where appropriate.

  • Young people and benefits


    training course

    If you work with young people, make sure you are up-to-date with the welfare reforms affecting their benefits and find out what difference universal credit (UC) will make. This course will help you advise young people from age 16 on entitlement whether in or looking for work, in training or education, sick or disabled.

    The course covers:

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  • Dealing with sanctions - young people


    factsheet

    This factsheet explains the basic rules about sanctions, how to avoid them and what to do if you are sanctioned. The main focus is on young people, but the main rules are also relevant to anyone claiming working age benefits.

  • Benefits for students

    Level: Basic

    training course

    This course provides a basic knowledge of the social security benefits and tax credits available for students, primarily in higher education, but including those in further education. 

    By the end of the course you should: 

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  • Including the voices of young people in child poverty strategies


    page

    Many local authorities mentioned an interest in further including the voices of children and young people in their child poverty strategies. A presentation around one methodology to enable your local area to do so is available below.

    The youth-led local area strategies that were produced using this methodology are available here.

  • Child benefit and qualifying young persons

    Issue 191 (April 2006)
    article

    Simon Osborne outlines new rules extending benefit entitlement for families that include a young person.

  • Benefits for young people

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This course will help advisers, social services staff, housing workers, youth and education workers and anyone advising young people to get to grips with the complex and changing benefit rules relating to young people. 

    The course looks at how the benefits system applies to young people, particularly those aged 16–21.

    The course covers:

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  • Last Word: Gateshead Youth Assembly

    Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)
    article

    In the first of a new series of contributions from young people, Melanie Caddle and Mirander Delahaye describe their work on the Gateshead Youth Assembly.

  • Out of the lobster pot: the universal credit ‘gateway’ and young people in non-advanced education

    Generally, once you have claimed universal credit (UC), you stay on it even if your circumstances later change – sometimes called the ‘lobster-pot’ principle. However, if your circumstances change so that you are no longer eligible for UC, in certain situations you may be able to claim the benefits that UC is replacing (housing benefit, jobseeker’s allowance, income support etc). This may be particularly useful for young people who live away from their parents, are on UC and who start a full-time non-advanced course at college.