Child Benefit is for people who are bringing up children. It is paid for each child and your earnings or savings will not affect your claim.
You can claim Child Benefit if you are bringing up a child in the UK who is:
- aged under 16 years old
- aged under 20 years old and studying full time (an average of more than 12 hours a week) up to A Level, non-advanced vocational education or other relevant education or training
- aged 16 or 17 years old and has left school or other relevant education or training recently, and has registered with the Careers Service
You will receive £20.70 per week for the eldest child who qualifies and £13.70 per week for each other child who qualifies.
You can claim as soon as your child is born or when a child you’re responsible for comes to live with you. The only way to claim Child Benefit is to fill-in a Child Benefit claim form and send it to the Child Benefit Office along with your child's birth or adoption certificate. You can't claim over the phone or the Internet. The claim form is in the Bounty pack given to new mothers in hospital or you can fill in a claim form online see the link right and print it out and post it to the Child Benefit office. You can also get a claim form and general help and advice from the Child Benefit helpline on 0845 302 1444/textphone 0845 302 1474