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 regulations (1 November 2019): Social Security, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI.No.1431/2019) - New legislation issued that amends social security and tax credit regulations to protect the rights of certain third country nationals to reflect the UK's transition from association agreements to trade and partnership agreements (TPAs) after it exits from the EU >> More child benefit legislation

New Upper Tribunal decision (9 October 2019): CF/5039/2014 - Child benefit can be exported under Article 7 of Regulation (EC) 883/2004 and the priority rules for overlapping family benefits in Article 68 do not apply when the claimaint is receiving benefit in only one State >> More child benefit case law

New regulations (16 April 2019): Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI.No.867/2019) - New regulations issued in relation to child benefit and child tax credit for those granted leave to enter or remain under the EU Settlement Scheme >> More child benefit legislation

New regulations (27 February 2019): Tax Credits, Child Benefit and Childcare Payments (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 (SI.No.364/2019) - New regulations that make miscellaneous amendments to tax credits, child benefit and childcare payments >> More child benefit legislation