Financial help if you have children

Financial support for childcare, when you're having a baby or if you're studying. Child benefit, tax credits.

General information and guidance

  1. Healthy Start

    Healthy Start is a voucher scheme for women who have young children or who are pregnant and receiving benefits - what you'll get, eligibility and applying

  2. Junior individual saving accounts for looked-after children

    Statutory guidance on Junior ISAs for children and young people who have been in local authority care for 12 months or more.

  3. Widowed Parent's Allowance

    Widowed Parent's Allowance - what you'll get, eligibility, how to claim, bereavement benefits claim form BB1

Child benefit

Claim child benefit, rates, tax calculator, Guardian's Allowance, payments and overpayments.

  1. Child Benefit complaints

    Complain about the Child Benefit Office - online complaint form, complaints address and telephone number

  2. Child Benefit for children in hospital or care

    Child Benefit payments if your child goes into hospital or care - when payments stop, reporting the change

  3. Child Benefit if a child or parent dies

    Child Benefit if your child dies or the claimant dies - report the death, when to make a new claim, arrears

  4. Child Benefit if you leave the UK

    How long you get Child Benefit payments for if you go abroad - for both short periods (holidays etc) and if you go to live abroad

  5. Child Benefit if you move to the UK

    Child Benefit if you've moved to the UK from abroad - who qualifies and which countries have an agreement with the UK

  6. Child Benefit if your child lives with someone else

    Child Benefit if your child lives with someone else - when you can claim, multiple claims, change who gets the benefit

  7. Child Benefit number and proof you qualify

    Proof of Child Benefit - what you can use, your Child Benefit number and where to find it

  8. Child Benefit payment dates

    Find out when your Child Benefit payments are due, and payment dates for bank holidays

  9. Child Benefit rates

    Child Benefit rates - weekly amount of child benefit per child

  10. Child Benefit tax calculator

    Work out the Child Benefit you've received and your High Income Child Benefit tax charge

  11. Child Benefit when your child turns 16

    Child Benefit for 16 to 19 year olds - when payments stop or continue, approved education or training, extensions

  12. Claim and deal with Child Benefit for someone else

    Claim or deal with Child Benefit for someone else - if your child has a baby, authorisation form TC689, appointees, voluntary organisations

  13. Claim Child Benefit

    Child Benefit - child benefit rates, eligibility, how to claim, child benefit claim form CH2

  14. Guardian's Allowance

    Guardian's Allowance help if you're looking after a child who is not your own - rates, eligibility, how to claim, appeal a decision

  15. High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge

    High Income Child Benefit Charge - check if you're affected, how and when to pay, stop Child Benefit, restart Child Benefit

  16. Repay Child Benefit overpayments

    Tell HMRC if you think your Child Benefit has been overpaid, how to repay an overpayment

  17. Report changes that affect your Child Benefit

    Types of changes that affect your Child Benefit payments - how and when to report them

Financial help if you have a disabled child

Childrens disability living allowance, facilities grants.

  1. Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children

    Help for children under 16 with disabilities - DLA rate, eligibility, how to apply, claim form, assessment

  2. Disabled Facilities Grants

    Disabled Facilities Grants help towards the costs of making changes to your home so you can continue to live there

  3. Help if you have a disabled child

    Your rights and the support you can get if you have a disabled child, including childcare, car costs, house adaptations and education

Financial help if you're a student with children

Childcare Grant, Care to Learn, Parents' Learning Allowance.

  1. Care to Learn

    Care to Learn helps pay for childcare while you're studying - how to apply, money you get, courses that qualify, eligibility

  2. Childcare Grant

    Childcare Grants for full-time students in higher education - grants, CCG1, CCG2 forms, how to apply, eligibility

  3. Parents' Learning Allowance

    Parents' Learning Allowance for full-time students with children - funding, apply, eligibility

Financial help when having a baby

Sure Start Maternity Grant, maternity and paternity allowance and leave, Shared Parental Leave and Pay.

  1. Calculate your leave and pay when you have a child

    Pay and leave for parents

  2. Maternity Allowance

    Maternity Allowance is paid to pregnant women who don't get Statutory Maternity Pay - rate, eligibility, apply, form MA1

  3. Maternity pay and leave

    Your Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and Leave - what you get, how to claim, maternity rights and extra help

  4. Paternity pay and leave

    Your Statutory Paternity Pay and Leave - what you get, how to claim, eligibility

  5. Shared Parental Leave and Pay

    You can start Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) if you're eligible and you or your partner ends your maternity or adoption leave early - eligibility, entitlement, starting SPL and splitting blocks of leave

  6. Sure Start Maternity Grant

    Sure Start Maternity Grant - a £500 payment to help with the costs of a new baby, eligibility, applying, claim form SF100

Financial support for childcare

Childcare calculator, Childcare Grant, Care to Learn, tax credits, help with costs.

  1. Care to Learn

    Care to Learn helps pay for childcare while you're studying - how to apply, money you get, courses that qualify, eligibility

  2. Check what help you could get with childcare costs

    Check what help you might be able to get with childcare schemes like tax credits, Tax-Free Childcare, childcare vouchers and free childcare or education for 2 to 4-year-olds

  3. Childcare Grant

    Childcare Grants for full-time students in higher education - grants, CCG1, CCG2 forms, how to apply, eligibility

  4. Childcare vouchers: better off calculator

    Use this calculator to work out if you're better off getting childcare vouchers from your employer or claiming tax credits

  5. Help paying for childcare

    Help with the cost of paying for approved childcare - Tax-Free Childcare, 15 and 30 hours childcare, childcare vouchers, tax credits, Sure Start, Discretionary Learner Support

  6. Tax credits calculator

    Calculate how much tax credit (including working tax credits and child tax credits) you could get in total, from today's date to the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year

  7. Tax credits: working out your childcare costs

    Work out your eligible weekly childcare costs, when to report a change in costs

  8. Young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act 2014

    Summary of the main changes and provisions of the act and how they may affect children and families.

Savings accounts for children

Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISA), interest, tax.

  1. Interest on savings for children

    How children's savings accounts are taxed, and the £100 limit on savings given by parents

  2. Junior individual saving accounts for looked-after children

    Statutory guidance on Junior ISAs for children and young people who have been in local authority care for 12 months or more.

  3. Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISA)

    How to open a Junior ISA for your child - including managing and adding money to an account

Tax credits if you have children

Claim child tax credit, calculator, renew, overpayments, payment dates, working tax credit.

  1. Changes that affect your tax credits

    Why tax credits go up, down or stop - changes to your family or work life you need to report such as change of address

  2. Child Tax Credit

    Child Tax Credits if you're responsible for one child or more - how much you get, tax credit calculator, eligibility, claim tax credits

  3. Child Tax Credit when your child reaches 16

    Tax credits for children aged 16 or over - approved education, approved training and when Child Tax Credit stops or continues

  4. Claiming and dealing with tax credits for someone else

    Deal with the Tax Credit office for someone else - authorisation, TC689 authorisation form, appointees, if your child has a baby

  5. Correct a mistake on your tax credits claim form

    Correct a mistake on your tax credit claim form - getting a new award notice

  6. How tax credits and other benefits affect each other

    How tax credits affect your benefits including Child Benefit and Housing Benefit

  7. How to claim tax credits

    How to get a tax credits claim form, when to claim, joint claims, backdate a claim

  8. How to renew tax credits

    How to renew your tax credits claim, including the application deadline, renewal pack and how long it takes

  9. Tax credits calculator

    Calculate how much tax credit (including working tax credits and child tax credits) you could get in total, from today's date to the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year

  10. Tax credits checks

    Checks into your tax credits - information you need to send, what happens to your claim, deadline for responding to the Tax Credit Office

  11. Tax credits if you have a baby

    Tax credits when you have a baby - what money you can get, how and when to apply for tax credits

  12. Tax credits if you leave or move to the UK

    Tax credits if you live abroad, go travelling, are a cross-border worker or subject to immigration control

  13. Tax credits overpayments

    Tax credit overpayments - repaying tax credits, repayment methods, what to do if you can't repay

  14. Tax credits: appeals and complaints

    Tax credits - appeals, appeal form, making a complaint

  15. Tax credits: your payment dates

    Your tax credit payments - find out when they're due and early payment dates for bank holidays

  16. Working Tax Credit

    Working Tax Credit - how much money you get, hours you need to work, eligibility, claim, tax credits when you stop work or go on leave