Child Benefit: These changes in circumstance can reduce or halt payments

Child Benefit can provide families with more than £1,000 a year in additional income. Claiming for an eldest or only child will provide a weekly rate of £21.05.


  • Universal Credit and other benefit payments may be affected this week

Claims for additional children will bring in £13.95 per child.

In some instances, a person may be paid less or even more than what they are due and they must then contact the child benefit office to rectify the issue.

Child Benefit is usually paid every four weeks on either a Monday or Tuesday.

A claimant may be able to receive the money weekly if they’re a single parent or getting other benefits such as income support.

The money can be paid into any account, barring a Nationwide cashbuilder account (sort code 070030) in someone else’s name.

It should be noted that only one person can claim for a child which means that parents will need to decide who between them will receive the income.

On top of this, the money will only be able to be paid into one account.

The state encourages all parents or guardians to apply for Child Benefit, even if they do not need the money.

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This is because Child Benefit can give claimants national insurance credits which can help boost a state pension.

There are few limitations in place for claimants but high earners may need to repay some of the money through income tax.

Claimants who earn between £50,000 and £60,000 will need to pay back one percent of the family’s Child Benefit for every £100 earned over £50,000.

Claimants earning more than £60,000 a year will need to repay it in its entirety.


  • Child Benefit could be stopped if the child spends time in hospital

Child Benefit can/will not be paid indefinitely and HMRC will need to be contacted if the child:

  • Is 16-20 and leaves education or training
  • Is aged 16 or over and starts working for more than 24 hours a week
  • Starts getting income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Universal Credit, tax credits, Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance
  • Gets married or forms a civil partnership
  • Dies or goes missing

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Usually, it is possible to claim Child Benefit as soon as the child’s birth is registered.

This rule itself has been changed recently due to coronavirus, the government will now allow people to claim Child Benefit even if they are not able to register the birth.

The claims themselves can take up to 12 weeks to process but it can also be backdated by up to three months.

To complete a claim, a “CH2” form will need to be filled out and sent to the Child Benefit office.

Additional children can be added to an existing claim and to do this a child benefit helpline should be called if:

  • The child is under six months old and lives with them
  • The child was born in the UK and their birth was registered more than 24 hours ago
  • The claimant is a UK, EEA or Swiss national and has lived in the UK since the start of their claim.

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