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Child Benefit

Universal credit and other benefits to rise from today - how to check you're not missing out

Millions of people will see a slight increase to their benefit payments starting from this month. Benefits such as universal credit, child benefits and state pension payments will see a rise. Here’s everything you need to know.

11 April 2022

Get Healthy Start vouchers? You need to apply for a prepaid card to receive payments from March or you'll miss out

From 31 March NHS Healthy Start paper vouchers will no longer be issued and will instead be swapped for prepaid cards, under a new shake-up to the scheme. So, make sure you register now or you’ll miss out on payments. Here’s all you need to know.

9 February 2022

Warning – 200,000 risk losing £1,000s as 'wrong' parent claims child benefit

Around 200,000 families risk one parent missing out on national insurance credits - and potentially losing £1,000s from their future state pension - because the higher earner in the couple claims child benefit, new data shows. Here's how to check if your family is affected, and transfer national insurance credits across if needed

23 November 2019

Scottish parents can now apply for a £250 grant for school-age children

Applications are now open for a new £250 payment for low-income families in Scotland, which is paid when your child is old enough to start school

10 June 2019

Child benefit fines wiped for 6,000 parents

HMRC is cancelling penalties for over 6,000 parents and guardians who were fined for not registering for the high income benefit charge

6 June 2019

Have you been missing out on tax credits for your disabled child? You could be owed £1,000s

Thousands of households entitled to refund from the Government after missing out on tax credits for disabled children

28 November 2016

Parents of young children, act now to protect your FULL state pension entitlement

New parents are missing out on national insurance credits because they're failing to claim child benefit

12 November 2016

Got kids who've just finished their exams? Tell the taxman

If your child's still studying or starting approved training, tell HMRC or risk losing child tax credits and benefit

30 August 2016

Thousands vent Twitter fury at HMRC over long call waits

Frustrated callers tweeted HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) more than 11,500 times over the past year to complain

9 September 2015

Child support arrears could be added to credit files

Parents who fail to pay child maintenance could find their information's passed to credit reference agencies

5 November 2014