Child Benefit is a payment that you can claim for your child. It is usually paid every four weeks but can sometimes be paid weekly. There are separate rates payable for each child. The payment can be claimed by anyone who qualifies. Child Benefit is a tax-free benefit for people bringing up children. To qualify you need to be resident in the UK and responsible for a child who is also resident here.
Who can get Child Benefit?
If you’re responsible for a child, you can normally get Child Benefit for them – even if you’re not their parent.
You are eligible for Child Benefit if you can answer ‘yes’ to one of the following criteria.
Are you bringing up a child who:
- Is aged under 16
- Is aged over 16 but under 20 and is still in education or training that counts for Child Benefit
- Is aged 16 or 17 years old and has left school recently, and has registered for work or training with the Careers Service
If you and another person both claim Child Benefit for the same child, only one of you can get it.
Child Benefit payments usually stop when your child reaches 16, unless they are in education or training that counts for Child Benefit. For example, an advanced course at higher education level – such as a degree – doesn’t count.
You can’t get Child Benefit for your child once they reach the age of 20.
You can claim Child Benefit as soon as your child is born or comes to live with you.
Child Benefit Helpline
You can claim Child Benefit online, using the website details given below or by calling the helpline:
Child Benefit helpline: 0345 302 1444
8.00 am to 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday
8.00 am to 4.00 pm Saturday
Closed Sundays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day