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. It’s means-tested (based on your level 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’s 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.
Important changes to Child Tax Credit
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Once Child Tax Credit has been replaced by Universal Credit, there will also be an extra amount of money included in Pension Credit if you have dependent children (and have reached the Pension Credit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.
How can I claim?
Call the HMRC tax credits helpline on 0345 300 3900, or textphone 0345 300 3909.