A working age couple in the UK split up with three children under 10 years of age. How might state benefits help them cope?
Non-means tested benefits are those, which any household can claim, if they comply with other rules governing receiving the benefit. Child benefit is non-means tested ‘universal benefit’ (Brown 2007). It is tax-free and paid to everyone who claims it that has children, irrelevant of what other income the household has.
Recent government legislation has introduced means tested benefits attempting to avoid the ‘unemployment trap’ that low income families can find themselves in when they don’t work. To take advantage of these benefits the mother who has the children in her care would have to look for work. Once she has found a job she may also get help with childcare costs.