There are a wealth of benefits available to those in the UK, depending on each person’s circumstances. These can be to help those out of work, on low income or have a disability – and there are different requirements for each.
One such benefit is Child Benefit, which you can get if you are responsible for bringing up a child who is:
- under 16
- under 20 if they stay in approved education or training
Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.
Child Benefit is paid every four weeks and there’s no limit to how many children you can claim for.
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For the eldest or your only child the rate is £21.05 a week. For any additional children your payment increases by £13.95 per child.
If you are being paid too much or too little you can contact the Child Benefit Office.
Child Benefit is typically paid every four weeks on either a Monday or Tuesday, however you can get the money paid weekly if you’re a single parent or getting certain other benefits, such as Income Support.
Child Benefit can have positive impacts for the future, as if your child is under 12 and you’re not working or do not earn enough to pay National Insurance contributions, Child Benefit can give you National Insurance credits.
These credits will then count towards your State Pension, so you do not have gaps in your National Insurance record.
The amount of Child Benefit can change depending on family circumstances.
If two families join together, the eldest child in the new family qualifies for the £21.05 rate and any other children who are eligible will get the £13.95 rate.
And if a family splits up, you will get £21.05 a week for the eldest child.
If you have two children and one stays with you and the other stays with your ex-partner, you will both get £21.05 a week for each child.