Child Benefit

Can I Claim Child Benefit?

There are two Child Benefit rates; 1) Eldest or only child, 2) additional children. Child Benefit is a paid every 4 weeks on a Monday or Tuesday. A family with two children can claim nearly £1,800 a year in Child Benefit. You can claim Child Benefit for each child you’re responsible for, you don’t have to be their parent. (Child Benefit was previously called Family Allowance).

How much is Child Benefit?

The rates for Child Benefit in the 2017-18 tax year are:

Benefit normally paid on a weekly basis for the eldest first at £20.70 per week plus £13.70 for each additional child.

That’s £1,076.40 for your eldest/only child and £712.40 for additional children.

If you’re paid too much or too little, you should contact the Child Benefit Office.

How can claim Child Benefit

Anyone responsible for children can claim Child Benefit. High-income earners (over £50,000) are also eligible to claim Child Benefit but it’s taxable. If you’re a high-income earner, use the Child Benefit tax calculator to find out how much tax you’ll have to pay.