Benefit Entitlements for a Child in an Informal Relationship

You are now caring for a child
You are not being paid a regular allowance from your Local Authority
The Benefit What it means Contact details of the awarding body
Child Benefit (CB)
  • Only one person can get CB for a particular child. If the child is living with you full-time, you are likely to be entitled to CB.
  • If someone else has been getting CB for the child when you make your claim, you will normally not become entitled to CB until three weeks after you make your claim.
  • Make your claim for CB as soon as possible as some cases are taking many months to process.
HM Revenue and Customs
PO Box 1
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE88 1AA
T: 0300 200 3100
Child Tax Credit (CTC)
  • Only one person can get CTC for a particular child. If the child is living with you, you are likely to be entitled to CTC.
  • The amount you receive is dependent on your income and other circumstances.
HM Revenue and Customs (Tax Credits)
Tax Credit Office
Preston
PR1 4AT
www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits
T: 0345 300 3900
Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Eligibility and amount of benefit are dependent on your income, the number of hours you work and other circumstances.
  • If you are responsible for a child, your WTC payments might increase if you have to pay childcare costs.
HM Revenue and Customs (Tax Credits)
Tax Credit Office
Preston
PR1 4AT
www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits
T: 0345 300 3900
Income Support and Income based JSA (IS/IBJSA)
  • Eligibility will depend on your income, savings and other circumstances. You may claim IS as a lone parent if you are caring for a child under five.
Department for Work & Pensions
T: 0800 055 6688
Text: 0800 023 4888
www.dwp.gov.uk
Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction (HB/CTR)
  • Eligibility will depend on your income, savings and other circumstances such as the number of children you are caring for.
Local Authority
Pension credit (PC) There are no additional payments for a child. The Pension Service
www.pensionservice.gov.uk
T: 0800 99 1234
Text: 0800 169 0133
Employment & Support Allowance
  • Eligibility will depend on your income, savings, health and other circumstances.
  • Kinship Care Allowance payments from the Local Authority will not affect the amount of ESA you receive.
Department for Work & Pensions
T: 0800 055 6688
Text: 0800 023 4888
www.dwp.gov.uk
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • If a child has a disability and is entitled to DLA, payments are made to the child’s appointee. A kinship carer can apply to be the appointee for a child they care for.
  • The amount of DLA paid depends on the nature of the disability.

The kinship carer may be able to claim Carer’s Allowance if the child gets DLA care component middle or highest rate.

Benefit Enquiry Line
T: 0345 712 3456
Text: 0345 722 4433
Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF)
  • You may be able to claim for emergency or particular needs through a crisis grant or a community care grant.
Local Authority

 

We advise that you always check your local CAB office and/or Local Authority for advice