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 (15 January 2021): CF/2239/2019 - Having a Zambrano right of residence did not assist the claimant in being eligible for child benefit >> More child benefit case law

New legislation (10 December 2020): Social Security, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.1505/2020) - New regulations make changes to domestic legislation to ensure that rights of third-country nationals under association agreements replaced by trade and continuity agreements are protected after the UK exits the EU.>> More child benefit legislation

New legislation (3 July 2020): Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit (Persons of Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.672/2020) - New regulations in relation to ensuring that family members of the people of Northern Ireland have the same access to child benefit and child tax credit as family members of Irish citizens >> More child benefit legislation

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