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Claiming after care - Care leavers and the benefits system

Year: 2017
Topic: Throughcare and aftercare
Author: The Children's Society

This report by The Children's Society provides evidence of the financial difficulties faced by care leavers in England. The report contains case studies, and lists recommendations for the Department of Work and Pensions, JobCentre Plus and local authorities.

The report highlights five key recommendations for the DWP and JobCentre Plus staff:

  • Changing the nature and use of sanctions
  • Improved Entitlements
  • Reducing the risk of debt whilst waiting for the first payment
  • Do not make care leavers the go-between
  • Changing attitudes

Read our Care leavers and council tax exemptions Inform briefing

Read the Care leavers and benefits: giving good advice briefing