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Child Benefit - How much Child Benefit will I get?

Child Benefit is money paid to parents or other people who are responsible for bringing up a child.

How much Child Benefit will I get?

Child Benefit is paid at a higher rate for your oldest child. This is £21.80 a week. If you have other children, you get £14.45 a week for each of them.

You receive Child Benefit for every child or qualifying young person who you are responsible for, even if your other benefits are limited by the two-child limit.

If you get Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, and have been getting it since before 6 April 2004 with a child element included, Child Benefit will affect the amount of Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance you receive.

If you or your partner have an individual income of £50,000 or more and you receive Child Benefit, an income tax charge has been introduced as a way to reduce the value of the Child Benefit you get. See High income Child Benefit tax charge.

Benefit Cap

Child Benefit is included in the Benefit Cap which limits the total amount in some benefits that working-age people can receive. See our Benefit Cap information guide for more details.

How will I be paid Child Benefit?

Child Benefit will be paid directly into your bank, building society or Post Office account or through the Payment Exception Service if you are unable to open or manage one of these or a similar account.

Child Benefit is usually paid every four weeks but it can be paid weekly if you are getting Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or if you are a single parent.

Child Benefit and other benefits

Child Benefit counts in full as income when calculating your entitlement to other means-tested benefits.

Updated: April 2022

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