Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance: Policy

This section of the website covers child benefit policy issues.

In this section you will find links to child benefit research reports and studies as well as links to child benefit statistics published by HMRC and others. You will also find the history of the child benefit system including its predecessors family allowances and child tax allowances.

We have also included links to child benefit consultations and discussions of child benefit by various Government committees.

Child Benefit has been the focus of a great deal of media attention recently following the announcement that it will no longer be a universal benefit. Details of the forthcoming changes can be found in the High Income Child benefit section.

Last reviewed/updated 22 July 2018