There are 2 Child Benefit rates. These rates are fixed until April 2014.
|Who the allowance is for||Rate (weekly)|
|Eldest or only child||£20.30|
|Additional children||£13.40 per child|
You must contact the Child Benefit Office if you’re paid too much or too little.
You could get Guardian’s Allowance if you’re bringing up someone else’s child because the child’s parents have died. It’s paid on top of Child Benefit.
If families split or join together
If a family splits up, you get £20.30 a week for the eldest child you qualify for.
If you have 2 children and one of them stays with you, you’ll get £20.30 a week for them. If your ex-partner claims for the other child, they’ll get £20.30 a week for that child.
If you both claim for the same child, only one of you will get Child Benefit for them.
If 2 families join together, the eldest child in the new family qualifies for the £20.30 rate. If you’re entitled to Child Benefit for any other children, you’ll get the £13.40 rate for each of them.
How and when Child Benefit is paid
The claim form notes explain whose name can be on the account.
Money can’t be paid into:
- Child Trust Fund accounts
- children’s accounts
- business and building society accounts that use a passbook
- National Savings and Investments (NS&I) accounts (apart from NS&I Investment Accounts and Direct Saver Accounts)
- some mortgage accounts
- a Nationwide account in someone else’s name
ISAs (Individual Savings Accounts) have limits on the amount of money that can be paid into them. It’s recommended you don’t use these for Child Benefit.
Incomes over £50,000
You may have to pay a tax charge if you or your partner’s individual income is over £50,000. This is known as the ‘High Income Child Benefit Charge’.
Use the Child Benefit tax calculator to estimate how much tax you may have to pay.
The benefit cap
The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. Some individual benefits aren’t affected, but it may affect the total amount of benefit you get.
Child Benefit and your State Pension
If your child is under 12 and you’re not working or don’t earn enough to pay National Insurance contributions, Child Benefit can help you qualify for National Insurance credits.
These credits count towards your State Pension. They protect it by making sure you don’t have gaps in your National Insurance record.