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Child Benefit claims can now be made online

Any parent that claims Child Benefit will automatically get National Insurance Credits applied to their State Pension. This credit ensures that for the time you are out of work while bringing up your family, a completed year is added to your National Insurance record, so you have a better chance of reaching a full State Pension entitlement when the time comes.

There is no limit to the number of children Child Benefit can be claimed for, and it will be paid to those responsible for bringing up a child under 16, or under 20 if they remain in approved education or training.

HMRC states on Gov.uk: “Education must be full-time (more than an average of 12 hours a week supervised study or course-related work experience) and can include:

  • A levels or similar, for example Pre-U, International Baccalaureate
  • T levels
  • Scottish Highers
  • NVQs and most vocational qualifications up to level 3– not including advanced apprenticeships
  • home education – if it started before your child turned 16 or after 16 if they have special needs
  • traineeships in England

“Your child must be accepted onto the course before they turn 19.”

Source: Gov.uk

You can tell HMRC that your child is staying in approved education or training using the CH297 online form. To apply online, you will need a Government Gateway account, a passport and other proofs of ID. HMRC will then send you an activation code on email, which you can use to apply for Child Benefit online.

Let us help you

If you need any help with accessing Child Benefit, or you want to make sure you are claiming any additional benefits that you are eligible for, then please get in touch and we will be happy to offer you the help and guidance you need.

February 26, 2024