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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 or phone 0300 200 3100. This information has been tailored from one of our trusted resources, the government website

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: | 01892 838619  94 Commercial Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6DP

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