Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit

Woman sitting with child on her lap
It is estimated from government figures that real term cuts to key benefits and tax credits will push 200,000 children into poverty over the next 3 years

Child Benefit

This is no longer a universal benefit. It is not paid when one earner earns above £60,000 a year. If one earner earns between £50,000 and £60,000, child benefit is paid but recovered on a sliding scale via income tax

Child Tax Credit changes

Currently, credit is given for each child for whom you have responsibility

  • under the age of 16
  • under 20 and in approved education or training

The basic family element remains the same at £545 pounds

From 6 April 2013

* The child element of Child Tax Credit rises by £30 pounds a year, to £2,720.

* The disabled child element rises by £65 to £3,015.

* The severely disabled child element rises by £30 t0 £1,220.

* The amount you get will depend on your income. Tax credits and means tested benefits are in line to be replaced by a single universal credit for those of working age, with the rollout taking place from October 2013 to 2017.

The UK government provides an online calculator which gives claimants an idea of what they qualify for.

Last Reviewed: 10/07/2013