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Child Benefit Rules: Information Guide

A comprehensive list of questions and answers about Child Benefit rules in the UK. This section is full of advice and information about claiming Child Benefit support.

HMRC CHILD BENEFIT 2018: Extra guidance explains your eligibility to claim Child Benefit. See how the tax calculator can help.

Find current information on Child Benefit rates or check your next family allowance payments.

This section also covers times when due dates fall on UK bank holidays or during festive seasons.

The category overview explains how to find out Child Benefit Number (CHB) and how you can make a complaint. Find out what happens when children are in hospital or your Child Benefit stops.

Use the Child Benefit online services telephone contact number during their weekly opening hours. You can use HMRC Child Benefit Office mailing address if you prefer to send your enquiry by post.

A to Z Rights to Benefits GuideA to Z Benefits Overview

BENEFITS GUIDE: The list of benefits and allowances covers all the categories of social welfare. Check out your rights to financial benefits entitlement in the United Kingdom.

HMRC Child Benefit Office Telephone Number

HMRC Child Benefit Contact Number
Use this information if you need to contact the Child Benefit enquiries telephone number or department. They will help with your eligibility for claiming or reasons why the stopped payments.

Telephone: 0300 200 3100
Textphone 0300 200 3103
Outside UK: +44 161 210 3086
Child Benefit Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm
Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day

HMRC Child Benefit Office Newcastle
PO Box 1
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE88 1AA United Kingdom

Child Benefit Appeals or Complaints GuideAppeals or Complaints

CHILD BENEFIT OFFICE: Call them to make a Child Benefit complaint. It can be about a mistake they made or poor service you received.

Childcare and Parenting GuideChildcare and Parenting

MOTHERHOOD: Having a baby can result in a search for financial support. The Childcare and Parenting section covers the topics which matter the most.

Claiming Child Benefit GuideClaiming Child Benefit

CLAIM CHILD BENEFIT: Find out how to claim Child Benefit if you are responsible for a child under 16. Check to see if you qualify and how much you might get.

CLAIMING FOR SOMEONE ELSE: How to get authorisation for claiming Child Benefit on someone else's behalf. An example could be if your child has a baby.

GUARDIAN'S ALLOWANCE: Eligibility provides money for taking care of a child whose parents are no longer living. Check current special Guardianship Allowance rates and how to claim.

CHILD BENEFIT NUMBER: There may be situations when you need to know how to find your HMRC Child Benefit Number UK. As a rule, the number (aka proof of qualification) proves you qualify.

PROVE YOU QUALIFY: You cannot get written proof of Child Benefit at their office. But other methods include your Child Benefit award notice or the latest tax credits award notice.

Often, the Child Benefit number on bank statement will suffice. The number starts with 'CHB' followed by 8 numbers and 2 letters (e.g. CHB12345678 AB).

Child Benefit Rates and Payments GuideRates and Payments

CHILD BENEFIT PAYMENTS: Most family allowance pay days are regular. Use the Child Benefit payment dates checker to find out when the next one is due.

CHILD BENEFIT RATES: These refer to the weekly amount paid per child. It relates to any children you are responsible for (even if you are not their parent).

HIGH EARNERS: Calculate the earnings limit for the High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge. Check how higher incomes affect your tax return for HMRC.

CHILD BENEFITS TAX CALCULATOR: The Child Benefit tax calculator is an online tool. Use it for calculating how much Child Benefit you receive in a tax year.

OVERPAYMENT: You must repay overpaid money to the Child Benefit Office. Check the process of repaying Child Benefit overpayments.

Reporting Changes to Child Benefit GuideReporting Changes to Child Benefit

FAMILY CHANGES: You must report a change in your personal circumstances. Find out how to report changes to Child Benefit claims and payments.

CHILD BENEFIT 16-19: In most cases, Child Benefit after 16 will stop. Some exceptions apply for children who continue in approved education or training.

CHILDREN IN HOSPITAL: Inform the Child Benefit Office if your child goes into hospital or care for more than eight weeks. This will help to protect your benefit payments.

IF YOU LEAVE THE UK: Check how long you may still get Child Benefit if you go abroad. It might be for a short holiday or for business purposes living overseas.

IF YOU MOVE TO THE UK: What happens with Child Benefit if you move to the UK? Find out whether you and your children qualify and which overseas countries have an agreement.

CHILD LIVES WITH SOMEONE ELSE: Information on Child Benefit if your child no longer lives with you. Check how contributions to their upkeep affects a claim.

CHILD OR PARENT DIES: The death of a child or any parents affects benefits. Find out how to get Child Benefit if a child or parent dies and how to make a new claim for arrears.

Universal Credit GuideUniversal Credit

UC GUIDE: The new Universal Credit benefit system is a single monthly payment. It merges and replaces several benefits or tax credits that you already claim.

Telephone Call Charges

CALL CHARGES GUIDE: Check the rates for making a telephone call from a landline or mobile. Call charges vary to popular numbers like 0800, 0808, 0845, 0870, 03 and others.

Child Benefit Rules Overview for the United Kingdom