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Children and family benefits

About the benefits below

The following child and family benefits are managed and paid by central government. For more information please use the links below that take you to the relevant pages on Gov.uk.

In addition, you can visit the early years and childcare section of this website to learn more about Free early learning for two, three and four-year-olds.

Child Benefit

This a tax-free payment that you can claim for your child. It is usually paid every four weeks but in some cases can be paid weekly, and there are separate rates for each child. The payment can be claimed by anyone who qualifies, whatever their income or savings. Child benefit is managed and paid by central government. Find out more about Child Benefit.

Child Tax Credit

If you have a new baby or you're responsible for any children under the age of 16 - or under 20 if they're in full-time education or approved training - you may be able to claim Child Tax Credit to help with the cost of looking after them. Child Tax Credit is managed and paid by central government. Find out more about Child Tax Credit.

Maternity, paternity and adoption leave

If you or your partner are off work on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, you may still be treated as working and be able to claim Working Tax Credit. It'll depend on what your usual working hours were before you went on leave, and the length of time you're off work. Working Tax Credits are managed and paid by central government. Find out more about Working Tax Credits.

More advice

Please see our Benefits advice page for advice, guidance and assistance with the full range of welfare benefits. You can also use our Benefits calculator to find how much Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support you may claim.