Guardian's Allowance

3. Eligibility

To get Guardian’s Allowance all of the following must apply:

  • you’re bringing up someone else’s child
  • the child’s parents are dead (see conditions for one surviving parent below)
  • you qualify for Child Benefit
  • one of the parents was born in the UK (or was living in the UK since the age of 16 for at least 52 weeks in any 2-year period)

If you adopt a child you may still get Guardian’s Allowance as long as you were getting it before you adopted the child.

One parent survives

You could get Guardian’s Allowance if one of the following is true:

  • you don’t know where the surviving parent is
  • the parents were divorced or their civil partnership had dissolved, the surviving parent doesn’t have custody and isn’t maintaining the child and there isn’t a court order in place saying they should
  • the parents weren’t married, the mother has died and the father is unknown
  • the surviving parent will be in prison for at least 2 years from the date of death of the other parent
  • the surviving parent is in a hospital by court order

Use a benefits calculator to check the benefits you’re entitled to.