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    Hi. If anyone can help with my query I would be grateful. My 16 year old is considering leaving college and doing an apprenticeship. Currently I am on working tax credits and work part time, I have looked at universal credit but still feel unsure what I am able to claim. I read on turn to us that there are additional elements of universal credit such as the child element. However I am not certain if this covers a child doing an apprenticeship. If it does then it says that I can get a top up of over£200 but when I used the benefits calculator it said £80 per month. I’m just wondering if it is worth me applying for U.C. or not. Any help gratefully received. Thank you.




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    Hi Rocket,

    I’m one of the moderators at Gingerbread. It can be complicated in terms of benefits when a child leaves education and I would recommend speaking to a specialist adviser before making a decision. Details of the Gingerbread helpline are here:

    One of our advisers can talk it through with you.

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