Whether it’s the arrival of a newborn or a child has come to live in the same household, there can be a lot to think about during this time of change to family life. Should a person be responsible for a child who is under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training), and they live in the UK, they will normally qualify for Child Benefit. This payment can be claimed from the moment the birth of a child has been registered, or the child has come to live with a person. That said, only one person is able to get Child Benefit for a child.
The government website points out that it can take up to 12 weeks for a new Child Benefit claim to be processed.
And, this can take longer if the claimant is new to the UK.
Can Child Benefit be backdated?
The payment can be backdated, but there is a limit to this: up to three months.
Gov.uk point out that when it comes to submitting the claim, a person may want to look into whether it is better for one particular parent to claim the payment.
This is because the claimant will get National Insurance credits towards their state pension if they are not working or earn less than £166 per week – up until the child is 12 years old.
How much is Child Benefit?
There are two different Child Benefit rates, and these depend on who the allowance is for.
If it’s for an only or an eldest child, the weekly rate is £20.70.
For any additional children, this reduces to £13.70 per child.
Child Benefit is usually paid every four weeks, either on a Monday or a Tuesday.