How it works
You get Child Benefit if you’re 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.
It’s paid every 4 weeks and there’s no limit to how many children you can claim for.
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
By claiming Child Benefit:
- you can get National Insurance credits which count towards your State Pension
- your child will automatically get a National Insurance number when they’re 16 years old
If you choose not to get Child Benefit payments, you should still fill in and send off the claim form.
If you or your partner earn over £50,000
You may have to pay back some of your Child Benefit in tax if your (or your partner’s) individual income is over £50,000.
If your circumstances change
You must report any change of circumstances to the Child Benefit Office.