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Prisoners serving a sentence - Child benefits - Serving a sentence

Your entitlement to most benefits stops while serving a custodial sentence in prison as a result of a criminal conviction. If you are claiming benefits and about to go into prison or you are on remand, you should contact the office that pays your benefit as soon as possible. This is to make sure that you are not overpaid any benefits that you are not entitled to while you are in prison.

Child benefits - Serving a sentence

If your child is living with you or is born in prison, you are still entitled to Child Benefit. If someone else is looking after your child while you are in prison you can transfer Child Benefit to that person.

Child Tax Credit will cease if you are no longer responsible for the child, unless the child is living with you in prison. If someone else is looking after your child, they will need to make their own claim.

You will not be able to get the child element of Universal Credit while you are in prison. If someone else is looking after your child, they will need to make their own claim.

If your child has no other living parent apart from you, the person looking after your child may be able to claim Guardian's Allowance.

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