Claim Child Benefit

How it works

You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for bringing up a child who is:
Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.
 
It’s paid every 4 weeks and there’s no limit to how many children you can claim for.

By claiming Child Benefit:

  • you can get National Insurance credits which count towards your State Pension
  • your child will automatically get a National Insurance number when they’re 16 years old
If you choose not to get Child Benefit payments, you should still fill in and send off the claim form.

If you or your partner earn over £50,000

You may have to pay back some of your Child Benefit in tax if your (or your partner’s) individual income is over £50,000.

If your circumstances change

You must report any change of circumstances to the Child Benefit Office.

See also:

For further information: