Manchester City Council

Social services Benefits and support for care leavers

Setting up home allowance

Some care leavers who are moving into independent accommodation can apply for a grant of up to £2,000.

This is to pay for the things you need to set up your own home like a cooker, plates or furniture.

You have to apply for this through your social worker or personal adviser.

You are entitled to this if you:

  • are 16 or 17; and
  • have spent at least 13 weeks in care - either all in one go, or in total - since you were 14; and
  • have spent at least one day in care after your 16th birthday.

Or if you

  • are 18 or over; and
  • have spent at least 13 weeks in care - either all in one go, or in total - since you were 14; and
  • have spent at least one day in care after your 16th birthday; and
  • are at least 21, but under 25 and in education or training, or tell us you plan to go into education or training.

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