Child Benefit Payment Rates
Are you wondering if you’re entitled to Child Benefit or perhaps how much you may be entitled to? Read on to find out all you need to know about rates, which the contact team on the Child Benefit phone number are able to explain.
Who is entitled?
Anyone who is responsible for the care of a child, even if they are not the child’s parents are eligible to claim Child Benefit. There has been talk in the media of high earners no longer being entitled to full Child Benefit and this is still the case. If you or your partner earn an individual income of over £50000 per annum then claiming the benefit may make you liable to a tax charge. It is still important however, that you claim Child Benefit, even if the tax charge prevents you from receiving the benefit, as claiming protects your National Insurance Credits which count towards your State Pension.
What are Child Benefit rates?
Currently Child Benefit is paid at a rate of £20.50 per week for the eldest child and £13.55 per week for each subsequent child.
How is Child Benefit paid?
Child Benefit is usually paid every four weeks, although in some circumstances the benefit can be paid weekly. For instance, claimants in receipt of Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit or if you’re a single parent you are entitled to request weekly payments. The benefit is paid via direct payment into a bank or building society account.
How to claim
Unfortunately, child benefit cannot be claimed over the telephone or on the internet. You will need to complete a Child Benefit claim form and send it to the Child Benefit Office complete with your child’s birth or adoption certificate, in order to submit your claim. Child Benefit claim forms are usually given to new mothers before they leave hospital with their babies but they can also be printed from the HMRC website, or you could contact the Child Benefit Helpline. It’s important to note that Child Benefit can only be backdated up to 3 months, so it is imperative that claims are submitted in a timely manner.
Other benefits to consider
Other benefits that claimants of Child Benefit may be entitled to include Tax Credits, Guardian’s Allowance, Healthy Start or Maternity Allowance. For further information on these benefits you should consult www.gov.uk.
If you need any further information on Child Benefit rates, you should contact the Child Benefit Helpline on 0843 487 1834.