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 legislation (14 September 2021): Child Benefit (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI.No.1039/2021) - New regulations exempt specified persons who have come to the UK from Afghanistan from the prior residence requirement in order to be entitled to child benefit.>>More child benefit and guardian's allowance legislation

New legislation (8 July 2021): Tax Credits and Child Benefit (Miscellaneous and Coronavirus Amendments) Regulations 2021 (SI.No.810/2021) - New regulations include a minor amendment to extend the definition of approved training for the purposes of calculating entitlement to child benefit following the introduction of a new ‘Skills for Life and Work’ training programme for young persons in Northern Ireland. >> More child benefit and guardian's allowance legislation

New legislation (27 May 2021): Child Benefit (General) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI.No.630/2021) - New regulations amend child benefit ‘terminal dates’ rules to protect entitlement in cases where education ends early due to cancellation of exams in 2021 because of Covid-19 >> More child benefit and guardian's allowance legislation

New legislation (22 April 2021): Social Security and Tax Credits (Miscellaneous and Coronavirus Amendments) Regulations 2021 (SI.No.495/2021) - New regulations that correct errors in regulations relating to entitlement to child benefit following the UK's exit from the European Union >> More child benefit and guardian's allowance legislation