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Upcoming changes to Child Benefit

Updated: Apr 24



Changes To Child Benefit

Be aware that Child Benefit eligibility criteria will be changing in 2 stages over the next few years:

 

From April 2024, the High Income Child Benefit Charge threshold will increase to £60,000 (up from £50,000 previously).

The charge is tapered so if you, or your partner, earn between £60,000 and £80,000 it may still be worth your while financially to claim.​ 

For instance, you’ll be charged 1% of your Child Benefit for every £200 of income that exceeds £60,000. If your income exceeds £80,000, the charge is equal to the amount of the Child Benefit payment. 

Eligibility will once again change in April 2026 from an individual assessment to a household assessment. 

 

Good to know

·         You can claim Child Benefit 48 hours after you’ve registered the birth of your child, or once a child comes to live with you.                                                                                                                                        

·         Child Benefit can be backdated for up to 3 months.                                                                                 

·         Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child, so you need to decide whether it’s better for you or the other parent to claim.

·         The person who claims will get National Insurance credits towards their state pension if they’re not working.

 

How To Apply

Before you start your claim, you’ll need:

·         your child’s birth or adoption certificate.

·         your bank or building society details.

·         your National Insurance numbers.

·         your partner’s National Insurance number if you have one.


The online claim form can be found at https://www.gov.uk/child-benefit/how-to-claim or phone 0300 200 3100. This information has been tailored from one of our trusted resources, the government website www.gov.uk


PWCAC is OPEN for face-to-face advice (appointments and drop-ins) Monday to Friday, 9:30 – 1:30. If you need advice about welfare benefits, housing and homelessness, debt, relationship breakdown, consumer issues or anything else, get in touch with us: info@pwadvice.org | 01892 838619  94 Commercial Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6DP



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