Help with moving from benefits to work – Getting Help

Your Jobcentre Plus work coach can help you by giving advice on the support available when returning back to work.

If you have responsibilities with either childcare or caring, there is help available for you.

You may be able to get help from the government to pay for childcare such as childminders or nurseries. You must use ‘approved childcare’ in order to qualify for any help or assistance.

In order to find an approved child care provider, there are various resources available to you. You may use the ‘Ofsted approved childcare providers’ if you are in England, ‘Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales%u2019 (CSSIW) if you are in Wales, Scottish Care Inspectorate in Scotland or the ‘local early years team register’ in Northern Ireland.

Approved childcare can also include care from an independent school registered with the Department for Education, or home careworkers working with a registered home care agency.

If you have other specific problems that you require help with you can also receive assistance from the European Social Fund in addition to help from Jobcentre Plus.

Families who need extra help can apply for assistance from the European Social Fund. Your circumstances may allow you to apply if you have several problems that have prevented you from finding work. These include nobody working in the family or a history of family unemployment, drug and alcohol problems, parenting or financial management skills, antisocial behaviour, and other health conditions.

For more information you will need to contact your local provider. To find your local provider, please see the ‘European Social Fund Support %u2013 provider contacts’ document.

If you need extra help with drug and alcohol problems, there are also specialist services available in your area. Your Jobcentre Plus work coach can help you to get in touch with professionals who can help you. This help is available to anyone receiving benefits.


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