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Guardians Allowance

Guardian's Allowance Rates 2020

Guardianship Allowance eligibility provides money for looking after a child whose parents are no longer living. Find out the current Guardian's Allowance rates and how to claim.

SPECIAL GUARDIANSHIP ALLOWANCE: The benefit is most applicable for those caring for, or bringing up, a child which is not their own.

The special Guardian's Allowance rates 2020 do not only apply for typical circumstances where both parents have died.

In some cases the benefit may also be obtainable where there is one surviving parent.

The special Guardianship Allowance rates are a weekly premium paid on top of any claim for Child Benefit.

The Guardians Allowance is tax-free and a non-means tested welfare supplement. But, you must inform them of any changes to your household circumstances.

Guardian's Allowance Rates and Payment

This who qualify will get a weekly allowance rate of £17.90 tax-free per child. Remember, the payments are in addition to the standard Child Benefit payment.

The money gets paid into a secure bank account every 4 weeks. Even so, some exceptions apply to the usual benefit payments frequencies. Single parents, or for those receiving other benefits (e.g. Income Support) can get paid every week.

Guardian Allowance payments cannot usually get paid into:

Note: It is also recommended not to use Individual Savings Accounts to receive payments. The reason is because many have upper limits on the amount of money deposited.

The Guardian's Allowance child benefit does not affect other welfare support. This is because it does not count as income for those who have some entitlements. The unaffected benefits include:

Neither is it affected by the High Income Child Benefit tax charge. That means the special Guardianship Allowance benefits can continue even if you decide not to receive Child Benefit.

Note: Use the benefit cap to check the limits for people aged 16 to 64. The benefits calculator helps you work out what financial help you can get.

Guardian's Allowance Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for Guardianship Allowance benefits your circumstances must meet all the following:

Note: Adoptive parents may still qualify providing they were getting the benefit before child adoption occurred.

Special Guardianship Allowance Rates 2020 and Eligibility CriteriaOne Surviving Parent

You might still be eligible to get Guardian's Allowance if one of these situations apply:

Claiming for Guardianship Allowance Benefits

It can get backdated for up to 3 months. But, you should start claiming for a special Guardianship Allowance rates 2020 as soon as a child starts to live with you. This will help you avoid losing money. Make a claim by following these two steps.

  1. Fill in the specific Guardian's Allowance claim form BG1.
  2. Mail it to the Guardian's Allowance Unit along with the originals of the child's full birth certificate and parents' death certificates. They only need one death certificate if only one parent died.

Contact HMRC to check if you qualify for Guardians Allowance. They can also provide you with a claim pack and take notification if you report a change of circumstance.

Telephone: 0300 200 3101
Textphone: 0300 200 3103
Opening times: 8.30am to 4pm (Monday to Friday)
Closed on United Kingdom Bank Holidays.

You can post your claim form to HM Revenue and Customs or write to them to report a change of circumstances.

HMRC Guardian's Allowance Unit
Child Benefit Office
PO Box 1
NE88 1AA
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

If Your Circumstances Change

Guardian Allowance entitlement can get affected when circumstances change. In some cases your payments could stop completely. Claimants must report changes straight away by telephone or by post. Often, you can also do this online if:

Appeal a Decision or Make a Complaint

If you disagree with a decision you can appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal. But, there have been some procedural changes. You must now ask for 'mandatory reconsideration' to challenge a benefit decision before you can make the appeal.

Special Guardianship Allowance Rates 2020 and Eligibility Criteria