Normally you are not entitled to benefits until you are 18. However, under exceptional circumstances, for example when young people no longer live with their parents/carers, are parents themselves or have a long term disability, young people aged 16 and 17 may be receive some benefits.

You are not alone. Many young people may need help when dealing with difficult times in their lives.

More information and advice

Turn2us – further information on what benefits young people are entitled to

Jobcentre Plus – find your nearest centre


If you would like help, get in touch with us for confidential information, advice and support.


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