The Child Benefit is a tax-exempt payment available for parents or guardians responsible for bringing up a child. You’re eligible to claim it if you bring up a child who’s either under 16 or under 20 and in education/training. It is important to note, however, that only one parent/guardian can claim the benefit per child, whether you are a married couple or single parents.
See below a full list of HMRC’s approved education and training programmes:
The amount that you get is subject to change depending on the tax year. In the 2023/24 tax year, you can claim £24 a week for your first child, and £15.90 a week for each of your other children. You also get National Insurance credits that count towards your state pension.
But if you (or your partner) earn over £50,270 a year, you will need to pay some or even all of it back. Sound like a random figure? Well, £50,270 is the most you can earn before you’re taxed using the higher rate of Income Tax – 40%. This charge is called the High Income Child Benefit Charge.
At the time of writing, there is no limit to the number of children you can claim for, although the amount you can claim for subsequent children is lower than the claimable amount for the first child.
Unfortunately not. For education to class as ‘full time’, it means education up to Level 3 – the equivalent of A levels or a BTEC. For a full list of qualifying courses, see the list above.