Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance

Child Benefit is a benefit paid to parents or other people who are responsible for bringing up a child aged under 16 or a young person aged under 20 if they are still in full-time education up to A level or equivalent, or on certain approved training courses.

If you get Child Benefit for a child, you can also claim Guardian's Allowance if the child is not your own (biologically or by adoption) and their parents have either both died or one has died and the other is unable to look after them, for example, because they are missing or are in prison.

Both Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance are non means tested benefits and are administered by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Latest updates

New Upper Tribunal decision (16 April 2020): CF/2685/2018 - Father has not claimed child benefit and mother and daughter have never lived in the United Kingdom. Mother does not qualify for family benefits in Poland on account of her income. She does not qualify for child benefit either under domestic law read alone or in conjunction with EU law >> More child benefit case law

New Upper Tribunal decision (16 April 2020): CF/66/2018 - Right to reside and the ‘genuine chance of being engaged in employment’ test applied to jobseeker on claim for child benefit –  whether HMRC and the FtT in its decision applied wrong version of regulation 6 of the Immigration (EEA) Regs 2006 – adequacy of HMRC’s guidance on how to apply the ‘genuine chance of being engaged in employment’ test >> More child benefit case law

New child benefit and guardian's allowance regulations (17 March 2020): Tax Credits, Child Benefit, Guardian’s Allowance and Childcare Payments (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.297/2020) - New regulations that, from 6 April 2020, make miscellaneous amendments in relation to tax credits, child benefit, guardian's allowance and the childcare payment scheme >> More child benefit and guardian's allowance legislation

Guardian's allowance uprating (16 March 2020): Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Regulations 2020 (SI.No.302/2020) - New regulations that prevent the guardian's allowance rate changed by the main up-rating regulations from applying where there is a question about the rate that should be payable; and restrict the up-rating of guardian's allowance for people not ordinarily resident in the UK, unless there is a reciprocal agreement or legal obligation to pay such increases >> More guardian's allowance legislation

Child benefit and guardian's allowance uprating (13 March 2020): Tax Credits, Child Benefit and Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Regulations 2020 (SI.No.298/2020) - New regulations that provide for the new child benefit and guardian's allowance rates being introduced from 6 April 2020 >> More child benefit and guardian's allowance legislation