Financial help if you have children - Tax Credit and Universal Credits
The government have in place different types of financial support if you have children, here's a quick guide to them.
Who is entitled?
- You can get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16.
If you or your partner's income is over £50K, you may have to pay a tax charge. If you choose not to get Child Benefit payments, but you should still fill in the claim form because:
- it will help you towards your State Pension
- it will ensure your child is registered to get a National Insurance number
How much is Child Benefit?
- Eldest or only child is £20.70/week
- Additional Children is £13.70/week
How to claim Child Benefit?
Fill in a Child Benefit claim form CH2 and send it to the Child Benefit Office (address below) with your child’s original birth/adoption certificate.
Child Benefit Office (GB)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit/Universal Credit
Who can claim?
- You may be able to claim for additional financial support through the Universal Credit/Tax Credits system if you are on a low income or out of work.
- How much you will get depends on your circumstances, including your income and how many children you have.
What is the difference between Universal Credit & Tax Credits?
Are you in a Universal credit area?
I am in a Universal Credit Area
If you do live in a universal credit area you can check here whether you are eligible to receive Universal Credit.
I am not in a Universal Credit area
If you do not live in a Universal credit area then you can apply for Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Benefit. Click here to get an estimate of how much you could.