Covid-19: don’t miss out on child benefit

If the Covid-19 lockdown has affected your family income, you should check if it’s worth claiming child benefit.

If the Covid-19 lockdown has affected your family income, you should check if it’s worth claiming child benefit. This is available to anybody living in the UK who is responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they are in approved education or training), and pays £21.05 a week for your eldest child and £13.95 for every other child. However, if the highest-earning parent earns more than £50,000 a year, they have to pay some back via their tax return. If they earn more than £60,000, they have to pay it all back. So many high-income families don’t usually claim. 

If you want to start claiming for the first time, you need to send off a paper form, which you can download at gov.uk/child-benefit/how-to-claim. It can take up to 12 weeks for applications to be processed. If you have previously claimed and stopped, you should be able to restart by calling the Child Benefit Office on 0300 200 3100. 

You can stop and start child benefit payments without it affecting your eligibility. So, if you claim while you are furloughed, you can stop it again when you go back to work by calling the same helpline (0300 200 3100). Claims can only be backdated for three months, so you should claim quickly to get as much as possible. 

Recommended

I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

There’s been a lot of talk from the Bank of England recently about introducing “negative interest rates”. So what on earth are they, and what would th…
20 Oct 2020
Where to find the best insurance deals
Insurance

Where to find the best insurance deals

If you want a good deal on your home, contents or travel insurance, you will need to do more research in the post-Covid-19 world.
20 Oct 2020
Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts
Bank accounts

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts

Negative interest rates are likely to mean the introduction of fees for current accounts and other banking products. But that might make the UK bankin…
19 Oct 2020
How to make your home greener with a government grant
Personal finance

How to make your home greener with a government grant

Cut the cost of making your house more environmentally friendly with a Green Home Grant.
13 Oct 2020

Most Popular

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts
Bank accounts

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts

Negative interest rates are likely to mean the introduction of fees for current accounts and other banking products. But that might make the UK bankin…
19 Oct 2020
UK post-Covid recovery stocks: these 20 companies could be set to rocket
Share tips

UK post-Covid recovery stocks: these 20 companies could be set to rocket

Finding stocks with the potential to rise tenfold or even further is far easier said than done. But the pandemic has produced the most promising backd…
22 Oct 2020
Big spending government is here to stay – just ask Rishi Sunak
UK Economy

Big spending government is here to stay – just ask Rishi Sunak

Governments around the world are splashing huge amounts of cash as they do “whatever it takes” to prop up their economies. John Stepek looks at where …
23 Oct 2020