Firstly and most importantly, you need to know which benefits you can claim on your child or young person’s behalf. It is one of those areas where if you don’t know, you don’t get. It seems no one wants to actually help you or let you know what your young person is entitled to claim for. In some boroughs, there may be a transitions team who will visit and advise you but in their absence, knowledge is power.
I didn’t know about all the benefits despite having an allocated social worker. I only found out about ESA (Employment Support Allowance) a few years later when a friend told me about it so now I will be a ‘friend’ and tell you what I know.
I’m not a benefits adviser and I’m not a representative from a charity so if I miss something or get something wrong, please don’t shout at…
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