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Our Family Finance factsheet gives an overview of the financial help that families may be entitled to and where to go for help and advice.
For in-depth information on financial support, benefits and public services, visit http://www.gov.uk/. The website gives comprehensive information on what benefits you can apply for, as well as eligibility criteria.

Need advice?
The Money Advice Service  is a national organisation that offers free, clear and unbiased advice to help everyone manage their money better. Their website  has a section specifically aimed at parents, which can help you plan and manage your finances. You can also use the online calculators to help you work out your household budget. If you would like to speak to one of their advisers, you can call the helpline on 0300 555 2222.

Local support
The Brighton & Hove Advice Partnership’s website lists a wide range of organisations in the city that offer free, independent and confidential advice. You can use the online advice map of the city showing where your nearest advice services are located.

Food banks
If you are struggling financially and need food in an emergency a food bank may be able to help you to cover a short term crisis. You can contact the Family Information Service to find out the location of your nearest foodbank and whether you are eligible. You could also take a look at the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s  website for information about foodbanks and tips on cooking and eating healthily.

Help with childcare costs
Our financial help factsheet  has full information about the help available towards the costs of childcare. The main types of help available are:

Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit
If you are on a low income and claiming Working Tax Credits  you may be entitled to up to 70% of your childcare costs through the Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit.

Free childcare for two year olds
Some two years olds are entitled to 570 hours of free childcare a year from the term after their second birthday. Find out more  and apply online.

Free Early Learning for three and four year olds

All three and four year olds are entitled to 570 hours a year of free early learning from the term after their third birthday. Find out more.

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