Guardian's Allowance

What you'll get

The Guardian Allowance rate is:

  • £17.20 a week per child
  • tax-free
  • paid on top of your Child Benefit payments

How the money is paid

Usually, the money is paid into a bank account every 4 weeks. It can be paid weekly if you’re a single parent or getting certain other benefits, such as Income Support.

You can get the money paid into any account, apart from a Nationwide Building Society account in someone else’s name.

Effect on other benefits

Guardian’s Allowance doesn’t count as income if you’re claiming tax credits, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance.

Guardian’s Allowance is not affected by the High Income Child Benefit charge. If you decide not to be paid Child Benefit your Guardian’s Allowance can continue.

Guardian’s Allowance doesn’t count towards the benefit cap.

Use a benefits calculator to work out what benefits you can get.