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Child Benefit

Child Benefit is a tax-free benefit for people who are responsible for a child or young person.

About Child Benefit

You can get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for and have care (or contribute to the maintenance) of a child or young person. It doesn’t depend on whether you’ve paid National Insurance contributions or on how much money you have coming in, unless you or your partner have an individual income of more than £50,000 a year.

Payments are made directly to your bank, building society or Post Office account every four weeks. It’s paid until your child or children reach the age of 16 and, after that, until they reach the age of 20 if they stay in approved education or training  .

If you're bringing up a child whose parents have died you may also be eligible for Guardian's Allowance. You may also be eligible if there is one surviving parent. 

You could get Guardian’s Allowance if you’re bringing up a child whose parents have died. You may also be eligible if there’s one surviving parent.

How much child benefit do you get?

There are two Child Benefit rates: one for the eldest child and a lower amount for any other children. 

Eldest or only child: £20.70 a week
Additional children: £13.70 per child, a week

How do I claim child benefit?

You can download a copy of the child benefit claim form from GOV.uk  . If you live in Northern Ireland, you can download the form from the nidirect website  .

This form needs to be posted along with the original birth or adoption certificate of the child or children you’re claiming for.

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