Child benefits will increase next month

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Family allowances are sums paid to parents or persons responsible for caring for children aged 16 and under, or young people under 20 who are still studying full time. The benefit is paid every four weeks, on Mondays or Tuesdays, with no limit on the number of children a person can claim.

This is a non-means-tested benefit – so as long as you earn less than £50,000 a year it doesn’t affect how much someone receives. It also does not matter how much you have saved or whether you have paid national insurance contributions.

With the new fiscal year beginning April 6, there are a whole host of payment changes for those receiving Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits, reports the daily record.

These include:

  • Universal Credit
  • Job search allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income support
  • Attendance allowance
  • Housing allowance

State pension payments are also administered by the DWP and will increase in April – find out more here.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have recently confirmed changes to Child Benefit and Guardian’s Allowance payments from 11 April 2022 which are detailed below.

Rate of payment of family allowances for 2022/23

There are two rates of family allowances.

Current rates per week

Senior or only child – £21.15

Additional children – £14.00

New weekly rates – from April 2022

Senior or only child – £21.80

Additional children – £14.45

How much is the increase?

This is an increase of 65p and 45p per week respectively and means the new four-week regular payments will be £87.20 for an eldest or only child and £56.00 for any additional child.

In the next financial year, this means parents will receive an additional £33.80 and £23.40 respectively.

Fees for guardianship allowance from April

The new weekly rate for Guardian’s Allowance will be £18.55, an increase of 55p from the current rate of £18.00 for 2021/22.

How are family allowances and guardianship allowance paid?

Payments are made every four weeks on a Monday or Tuesday and the claimant will also be awarded National Insurance credits which can be counted towards their state pension.

At what age do family allowances stop?

Family allowances can be claimed for any child under 16 or under 20 if they are in approved education or training.

What if your situation changes?

Any change in circumstances which may affect an applicant’s eligibility must be reported immediately to the Child Benefits Office.

What else do you want to know

There is no limit to the number of children for whom an application can be made, but only one person can receive child benefit.

HMRC has also announced the new allowances for in-work tax credits and child tax credits – see the new threshold rates on GOV.UK here.

How does income affect family allowances?

Anyone can apply for Child Benefit if they are responsible for a child, but income can affect payments.

If the claimant or their partner earns more than £50,000 a year, they will have to repay part of the child benefit as income tax.

One per cent of Child Benefit will have to be repaid for every £100 earned over £50,000 each year.

If more than £60,000 is earned in a year, any Child Benefit claimed will need to be repaid.

It is possible to stop or restart an application at any time and free support is available for anyone who needs help with their application.

For more information on Child Benefit, visit GOV.UK, here.

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