Shropshire Council

Financial entitlements

The type of financial help you receive from Shropshire Council will depend on whether you are an eligible or relevant child, former relevant or qualifying care leaver. Your personal adviser will help you to work out what you are entitled to. You can also see our full list of financial entitlements.

There are staff at the DWP jobcentres who we will contact on your behalf to help you to set up benefits payments and to help prevent problems from getting out of hand.

If you are entitled to personal allowance and accommodation payments, your social worker or personal adviser will organise these as follows:

  • Payment of personal allowances will be made to a bank or building society
  • A birthday payment will be made in the week before your birthday
  • A Christmas or festival payment will be made in early December or at a time suitable to your festival
  Aged 16/17 living in foster or residential care (eligible) Aged 16/17 living in semi-independent accommodation Aged 16/17 and have left care (relevant) Aged 16-20 (qualifying)* Aged 18/19/20 (former relevant) Aged 21-24 on an
agreed course of
education or
training**
Aged 21-24***
 Weekly maintenance Yes, provided by carers. Yes. To the
equivalent of JSA if you have no other income.
Yes. To the
equivalent of JSA if you have no other
income and not living with a parent.
No financial
support is
available.
No. JSA/UC can be claimed if no other income available. We will support
you while you wait for your claim to
be processed
No. JSA/UC can be claimed. We will support you while you wait for your
claim to be
processed. If at university, £15.50 per week term time, £58 vacations.
No financial
support is
available.
 Custody Yes. £5 per week while on remand. Yes. £5 per week
while on remand.
Yes. £5 per week while on remand. No financial
support is
available.
Yes. £5 per week while on remand. No financial
support is
available.
No financial
support is
available.
Leisure centre/gym pass  Three months pass at SC centres,
renewable subject
to attendance
Three months pass at SC centres,
renewable subject to attendance
Three months pass at SC centres,
renewable subject
to attendance
Not available Three months pass at SC centres,
renewable subject
to attendance
Three months pass at SC centres,
renewable subject
to attendance
Not available
Accommodation costs Yes Yes. Rent and
support paid. You
may have to pay a service charge for utilities and food.
Yes. Rent and
support paid if not living with a parent. You may have to pay a service charge for
utilities and food.
No financial
support is available if benefits or
student finance can be claimed. Top up subject to
assessment
No financial
support is available
if benefits or
student finance can be claimed.
Top up subject to
assessment
No financial
support is available if benefits or
student finance can be claimed.
Top up subject to
assessment
No financial support is available
Rent in advance,
deposit + fees
for first private
tenancy
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable No financial support is available Yes – at affordable rent and when social housing not available Not applicable Not applicable
Council tax Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable No financial support is available We will pay your tax liability We will pay your tax liability We will pay your tax liability
Passport and birth
certificate
Full cost of first passport, birth certificate and any other form of ID
such as provisional
driving licence.
Full cost of first passport, birth certificate and any other form of ID such as provisional
driving licence.
Full cost of first passport, birth certificate and any other form of ID
such as provisional
driving licence.
No financial support is available Full cost of first passport, birth certificate and any other form of ID such as provisional
driving licence.
Full cost of first passport, birth certificate and any other form of ID
such as provisional
driving licence.
No financial support is available
Essential clothing payments Yes, provided by carers Yes. Up to £100
summer and
£100 winter (+ up to £150 for
education or work related
clothing)
Yes. Up to £100 summer and £100 winter (+ up to £150 for
education or work related
clothing)
No financial support is available Yes. Up to £100 summer and £100 winter (+ up to £150 for
education or work related
clothing)
Up to £150 for education or work related
clothing
within three months of
course ending.
No financial support is available
Maternity £250 in third
trimester in
addition to state benefit
entitlement
£250 in third
trimester in
addition to state benefit
entitlement
£250 in third
trimester in
addition to state benefit
entitlement
No financial support is available £250 in third
trimester in
addition to state benefit
entitlement
No financial support is available No financial support is available
Further education - course fees Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Subject to assessment Yes, but subject to assessment Yes, but subject to assessment No financial support is available
Travel fares to college Travel pass if
Shropshire
resident. If not, fares paid
Travel pass if
Shropshire
resident. If not, fares paid
Travel pass if
Shropshire
resident. If not, fares paid
Subject to assessment Travel pass if
Shropshire
resident. If not, fares paid
Travel pass if
Shropshire
resident. If not, fares paid
No financial support is available
Travel fares up to first month employment Travel pass Travel pass Travel pass Subject to assessment Travel pass Not applicable No financial support is available
Travel to visit family or significant adults Bi-annual fares. Subject to assessment Bi-annual fares.
Subject to
assessment
Bi-annual fares. Subject to
assessment. Not available if living with parent
No financial support is available Bi-annual fares.
Subject to
assessment. Not available if living with parent
No financial support is available No financial support is available
University bursary Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable No financial support is available £2000 split into equal instalments
(annual)
throughout
duration of
course.
£2000 split into equal instalments
(annual)
throughout
duration of
course.
No financial support is available
College/university-related equipment Via college
bursary. Top up subject to
assessment
Via college
bursary. Top up subject to
assessment
Via college
bursary. Top up subject to
assessment
Via college
bursary. Top up subject to
assessment
Via college
bursary/trust
funding. Top up subject to
assessment
Via trust
funding. Top up subject to
assessment
No financial support is available
Setting-up-home allowance Not applicable Not applicable Part of setting-up-home allowance
may be made
available
No financial support is available If living
independently.
Maximum £2,000 for household
fixtures and
fittings + 1st TV licence; insurance;
locks; fire safety;
decorating
allowance; initial food and cleaning
stock. Available up
to age 25
If living
independently.
Maximum £2,000 for household
fixtures and
fittings + 1st TV licence; insurance;
locks; fire safety;
decorating
allowance; initial food and cleaning
stock. Available up
to age 25
If living
independently.
Maximum £2,000 for household
fixtures and
fittings + 1st TV licence; insurance;
locks; fire safety;
decorating
allowance; initial food and cleaning
stock. Available up
to age 25
Birthday and festival money Yes, provided by carers Yes. At equivalent rate when in foster care Rate when in foster care unless living
with a parent
No financial
support is
available.
£75 for 18th & 21st birthday. £50 at age 19 &
20. Festival £75 (£100 if a parent) + hamper
Not applicable No financial
support is
available.
University vacation accommodation Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Yes. At the
equivalent of the
local housing
allowance rate
Yes. At the
equivalent of the
local housing
allowance rate
unless returning
to Staying Put
arrangement or
supported
lodgings
Yes. At the
equivalent of the
local housing
allowance rate
unless returning
to Staying Put
arrangement or
supported
lodgings.
No financial
support is
available.
Immigration,
citizenship,
asylum
applications
Asylum attracts
legal aid.
Immigration and
citizenship funding
subject to
assessment
Asylum attracts
legal aid.
Immigration and
citizenship funding
subject to
assessment
Asylum attracts
legal aid.
Immigration and
citizenship funding
subject to
assessment
No financial
support is
available.
Asylum attracts
legal aid.
Immigration and
citizenship funding
subject to
assessment
No financial
support is
available.
No financial
support is
available.
Participation payments £30 per day
(vouchers) pro rata
+ travel and
refreshments.
Minimum
payment £15
£30 per day
(vouchers) pro rata
+ travel and
refreshments.
Minimum
payment £15
£30 per day
(vouchers) pro rata
+ travel and
refreshments.
Minimum
payment £15
£30 per day
(vouchers) pro rata
+ travel and
refreshments.
Minimum
payment £15
£30 per day
(vouchers) pro rata
+ travel and
refreshments.
Minimum
payment £15
£30 per day
(vouchers) pro rata
+ travel and
refreshments.
Minimum
payment £15
£30 per day
(vouchers) pro rata
+ travel and
refreshments.
Minimum
payment £15

*We are unlikely to provide financial assistance to 'qualifying' young people but will consider requests.

**If you started your course before the age of 21 but it continues beyond age 21, any assistance as described in the pathway plan extends until the end of the course. If you stopped receiving a service from us at age 21 and you ask for support with education/training before age 25, we will carry out an assessment to see if the course or training is one we would agree to support. We will consider providing financial assistance if we agree that financial help would be necessary to complete the course.

***We are unlikely to provide financial assistance but will consider requests.