Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance: Policy changes

This section of the website explains policy changes that have been announced for child benefit and guardian’s allowance.

Freeze on child benefit rates

Section 11 of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 states that the level of Child Benefit is to remain at the 2015/16 rate for four years up to until the end of the 2019/20 tax year.


The freeze on Child Benefit rates was lifted as scheduled.

Last reviewed/updated 1 July 2021