Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance: Public statistics
In this section you will find statistics about child benefit and guardian’s allowance.
HMRC publish statistics about child benefit in three sets:
- Quarterly reports: Between May 2003 and August 2007, HMRC published quarterly child benefit statistics which included all families in receipt of child benefit at that reference date. These statistics were discontinued in August 2007 for three reasons. The first related to the child benefit data loss and subsequent data embargo which meant that HMRC could not provide statistics to fill in gaps during that period and secondly HMRC felt that the in-year movements were well established and documented by that point. The final reason was cited as resource constraints.
- Geographical statistics: These statistics provide detailed annual geographical estimates of the number of families and children claiming child benefit in respect of the 31 August of the year of analysis.
Child Benefit Geographical Statistics
- Small area data: These statistics provide detailed annual geographical estimates, down to Lower Layer Super Output Area (LSOA) in England and Wales and Data Zone in Scotland, of the number of families and children claiming Child Benefit.
Introduction to Child Benefit Small Area Data
Child Benefit Small Area Data
Child benefit data for earlier years from 2001 – 2003 is held on the Government webarchive.
Last reviewed/updated 25 May 2020