How to Claim Child Benefit


The child benefit is a tax-free payment that you can claim for your child that is paid on a monthly basis. Rates are different for each child and can be claimed by any person that qualifies regardless of income and savings plans. You can get the benefit by having a child younger than 16, one that is older than 16 to 20 and is in school or a child that is 16 or 17 and has registered to work.

Things You'll Need

  • Bounty Pack
  • Birth or adoption certificate for every child you claim

Call the Child Benefit Helpline at 0845-302-1444 in the UK from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to have a copy of the child benefit form sent to your home. If you are a new mother, this form comes in the Bounty Pack that you received in the hospital before leaving. If you do not have a phone or are not a new mother, you can download and print out the form by visiting the website (

Fill out the required information on the form for yourself as well as for the qualifying child or children. You can claim as many children as you are legally responsible for, and even some that are not in your home as long as you pay for some of their upkeep.

Send the form and an original certificate of birth or adoption to the Child Benefit Office (Child Benefit Office Washington, Freepost, NEA 10463, PO BOX 133, Washington, NE39 7BR).

Tips & Warnings

  • The child benefit can be claimed if the child doesn't live with you if you pay for some of the child's welfare and what you pay is at least the amount of the benefit the child would get, and the person raising the child does not get the benefit for himself. You do not have to be a parent to claim the benefit, but you do have to be legally responsible for the child to qualify. The amount of benefit you get is based on the ages of children and is paid into any bank account or building society that accepts a direct deposit.

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