How much is Child Benefit? Amount you can get each week is rising in April

Only one person can receive Child Benefit for a child. The payment is made every four weeks, and it can be claimed for each child – with no limit as to how many children the individual can claim for.

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That said, there are different Child Benefit rates, and what a person gets will depend on who the allowance is for.

How much is Child Benefit?

If the allowance is for an eldest or only child, the weekly rate is £20.70, at the time of writing.

Currently, for additional children, the rate is £13.70 per child per week.

Should a person be paid too much or too little, they must contact the Child Benefit Office.

Child Benefit eligibility

Child Benefit can only be received by one person for a child.

Normally, a person will qualify for Child Benefit if they’re responsibly for a child under the age of 16, or under 20 if they stay in approved training, and they live in the UK.

The recipient will usually be responsible for a child if they live with them and are paying at least the same amount as Child Benefit, or the equivalent “in kind” towards looking after them.

Examples of this can be buying them food, clothes or pocket money.

It may be that the eligibility rules are different should a child live with someone else or go into hospital or care.

Back in November last year, it was announced that working-age benefits will rise by the rate of inflation in April 2020, following the end to the government’s four-year benefits freeze.

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The commitment to end the freeze as planned, which has seen benefits remain at the same level since April 2015, means that a number of legacy benefits as well as Universal Credit will rise by 1.7 percent, in line with inflation, in April 2020.

Legacy benefits affected by the announcement are:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Benefit

Some people may be required to pay back some of their Child Benefit if they or their partner’s individual income is more than £50,000.

This is known as the High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge.

If a person has an income of £60,000 or more, then 100 per cent of the Child Benefit payment would need to be repaid due to the tax.

It is possible to opt out of receiving the payment, and a person can request they continue to get National Insurance credits via Child Benefit until the child reaches the age of 12, which count towards state pension entitlement.

This can be done via the CH2 form.

Kay Ingram, Director of Public Policy at LEBC Group, commented: “With each year’s credit worth £250 per annum of State pension, that is a serious concern and impacts women disproportionately widening the gender pension gap.”

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