Child Benefit is a payment that you can claim for your child. It is usually paid every four weeks but can sometimes be paid weekly. There are separate rates payable for each child. The payment can be claimed by anyone who qualifies, whatever their income or savings.
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If you're responsible for a child, you can normally get Child Benefit for them - even if you're not their parent.
You can get Child Benefit even if your child doesn't live with you, as long as:
If you and another person both claim Child Benefit for the same child, only one of you can get it.
Child Benefit payments usually stop when your child reaches 16, unless they are in education or training that counts for Child Benefit. For example, an advanced course at higher education level - such as a degree - doesn't count.
You can't get Child Benefit for your child once they reach the age of 20.
There are two separate amounts, with a higher amount for your eldest (or only) child. You get £20.50 a week for your eldest child and £13.55 a week for each of your other children.
Child Benefit can be paid into any bank, building society, or National Savings & Investments (NS&I) account that accepts Direct Payment. It's usually paid every four weeks, but it can be paid weekly if you're getting Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit or if you're a single parent.