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Financial support for parents

Child Benefit is a benefit paid to parent and carers of children aged under 16, or a young person aged under 20 if they are still in full-time education. They will get child benefit for each child.  People earning over £50 000 a year or more will be required to pay tax on child benefit. 

Guardian’s Allowance is a tax-free benefit which can be claimed by carers of children who are not biologically theirs. It is only payable if the carer also receives Child Benefit for the child. Guardian's Allowance is paid by the Child Benefit Office (part of HM Revenue and Customs).

Disability Living Allowance is payable for a child who has care needs or mobility problems. Care needs include help with washing and dressing, and mobility problems having difficulty walking at an age when most children would not need help. Children under 16 cannot claim Disability Living Allowance in their own right, so usually a parent or carer will claim this for the child.  Additional Child Tax Credit is also avaliable.

Child Tax Credit is a payment for people with children, whether they are in or out of work. It is paid by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The eligibility of parents and carers for Child Tax Credit will depend on their circumstances and income. They will get money from Child Tax Credit for each child.

Child Benefit is a tax-free benefit paid to parent and carers of children aged under 16, or a young person aged under 20 if they are still in full-time education. They will get child benefit for each child. It is not dependent of national insurance contributions or level of earnings.  .

Guardian’s Allowance is a tax-free benefit which can be claimed by carers of children who are not biologically theirs. It is only payable if the carer also receives Child Benefit for the child. Guardian's Allowance is paid by the Child Benefit Office (part of HM Revenue and Customs).

Disability Living Allowance is payable for a child who has care needs or mobility problems. Care needs include help with washing and dressing, and mobility problems having difficulty walking at an age when most children would not need help. Children under 16 cannot claim Disability Living Allowance in their own right, so usually you will claim this for your child if you are their parent or guardian.

Child Tax Credit is a payment for people with children, whether they are in or out of work. It is paid by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The eligibility of parents and carers for Child Tax Credit will depend on their circumstances and income. They will get money from Child Tax Credit for each child. You do not need to have a very low income to get some help from Child Tax Credit, so most people with children get the credit.

Help with the costs of childcare
Working Tax Credit includes some help towards childcare. If the parents or carers are working and are on a low income, they may be entitled to Working Tax Credit.

Teenage parents under 18 are eligible for help with the costs of childcare if they go back to school.

Lone parents on the New Deal for Lone Parents may be able to get help with childcare so that they can do a training course or look for work.

The Childcare Voucher Scheme involves giving up a percentage of pay in exchange for the childcare vouchers.  The scheme gives tax advantages if they receive vouchers instead of pay. For more information, click here {link to www.adviceguide.org.uk/scotland/life/benefits_scotland/benefits_for_families_and_children.htm}.