If you're making a new claim

Child Tax Credit is being replaced by Universal Credit.

You can usually only claim Child Tax Credit if you do not live in a Universal Credit area.

If you do live in a Universal Credit area, you can only claim Child Tax Credit if either of the following apply:

If you cannot make a new claim for Child Tax Credit, you’ll usually need to apply for Universal Credit instead.

You can only claim Child Tax Credit for children you’re responsible for.

What you’ll get

The amount you could get depends on when your children were born.

If all your children were born before 6 April 2017

You could get the ‘child element’ of Child Tax Credit for all of your children.

You’ll also get the basic amount, known as the ‘family element’.

If one or more of your children were born on or after 6 April 2017

You could get the child element of Child Tax Credit for up to 2 children. You might get the child element for more children if exceptions apply.

You’ll only get the family element if at least one of your children was born before 6 April 2017.

Child Tax Credit rates for the 2018 to 2019 tax year

Element Yearly amount
The basic amount (this is known as ‘the family element’) Up to £545
For each child (this is known as ‘the child element’) Up to £2,780
For each disabled child Up to £3,275 (on top of the child element)
For each severely disabled child Up to £1,325 (on top of the child element and the disabled child element)

Use the tax credit calculator to work out how much you could get.

Moving to the UK from the EEA

You must wait 3 months before claiming Child Tax Credit if you arrived in the UK from the EEA on or after 1 July 2014 and do not work.

There are some exceptions who will not have to wait 3 months, for example refugees.