If you're making a new claim

You can only make a claim for Child Tax Credit if you already get Working Tax Credit.

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 2022 to 2023 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 £2,935
For each disabled child Up to £3,545 (on top of the child element)
For each severely disabled child Up to £1,430 (on top of the child element and the disabled child element)

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.