Child Tax Credit
This is a payment made to parents and carers of children or young people still in education. You don’t have to be working to claim it, but it’s means-tested and the person claiming must be at least 16.
This is a payment made to parents and carers of children or young people still in education. You can claim this whether you are working or not. It’s means-tested (based on your levels of income and savings) and not based on national insurance contributions.
The person claiming must be at least 16.
To qualify, you or your partner must be responsible for a child or young person who normally lives with you. A child is someone under 16. A young person is someone aged 16–19 who is in full-time non-advanced education (not a university degree) or approved training.
The Child Tax Credit you can get is made up of several elements (amounts of money). These include a family element and a child element for each child in the family. There are extra amounts for children with disabilities.
In England, Scotland and Wales, Child Tax Credit is gradually being replaced by Universal Credit. If you’re already getting Child Tax Credit, you’ll continue to do so either until your circumstances change or until the DWP decides to transfer your claim to Universal Credit. Contact a welfare rights adviser for more information.
Once Child Tax Credit has been replaced by Universal Credit, there will also be an extra amount of money included in Pension Credit if you have dependent children (and have reached the Pension Credit qualifying age). When this will happen is yet to be decided, but it won’t be before October 2014.
In Northern Ireland, similar changes are expected but the Welfare Reform Bill is still under consideration. Check nidirect.gov.uk for the latest news on expected changes to the benefits system in Northern Ireland.
Contact a welfare rights adviser to find out how these changes may affect you.
How to claim
Call the HMRC tax credits helpline on 0345 300 3900.