Financial help for your family
Help when you’re raising children
You may be able to get financial help for your family, even if you’re working or looking after a child that’s not your own.
Working for Families payments
Get help with the costs of raising children with Working for Families tax credit payments. Your payments are worked out based on the information you give Inland Revenue about your income for the year.
Apply for Best Start payments
Everyone can get a weekly payment in their child’s first year — if the child was due or born on or after 1 July 2018. Some people can get a payment until their child is 3 — it depends on family income.
Payments for young people aged 16 or 17 who cannot live with their parents, and for young parents aged 16 to 19.
Financial help and benefits if you're over 65
If you've retired on a limited income, you may be able to get government help to pay for regular costs or unexpected expenses. You can use your SuperGold Card for transport and other discounts.
Getting help with your budget
There are community services that can help you manage your finances.