Child Benefit Contact Number 0843 455 0127.
All calls to the Child Benefit Contact Number will cost 5p per minute from a BT landline, calls from other operators and mobile providers may vary and will be charged at their standard rates. All calls are handled by experienced operators.
Known as the Family Allowance, the 5 shillings a week payment was given to parents only for their second and subsequent children, thus helping shore up the depleted population by encouraging more births.
It continued through the post-war boom but was restructured when the economy turned down again, being reinvented as Child Benefit Contact Number in the second half of the 1970s. The new payments were tax free and first-time mothers also became eligible.
The recession of the early 1990s brought further changes, with the introduction of a higher rate for the first child, while the other rates were frozen.
During the past two decades the differential between the rates has widened and today the allowance is worth £20.30 for the first child and £13.40 for siblings.
As recently as the 2009 Conservative Conference, George Osborne announced that scrapping Child Benefit was off the agenda because it was “valued by millions”.
Child Benefit for a child over 16.
Your Child Benefit can carry on after your child reaches 16, if they’re staying in full-time, ‘non-advanced’ education at school or college, or starting an ‘approved’ training course. Find out what this means, when your payments will stop, and when you can get a Child Benefit extension if your child is under 18.
What if my Child stays in education or training.
You can carry on getting Child Benefit for your child up until their 20th birthday, if they’re in education or training that counts for Child Benefit. Education or training counts for Child Benefit as long as it’s either of the following:
full-time, ‘non-advanced’ education (for example ‘A’ levels).
Your child needs to have started, enrolled or been accepted for one of these types of courses before the age of 19.
You can’t get Child Benefit if your child is doing:
higher education, such as a course at university level.
education provided by an employer.
education provided through any office they hold – for example if your child has an official role such as scout leader or councilor, and the education is provided as part of that role.
training that is part of a job contract.
Child Benefit Office (Washington).
PO Box 133,