Will child benefits increase in 2022 and how much more will I get?

The CHILD benefit rate will increase next year, giving parents more money to spend on essentials.

Payments will increase by 3.1% from April 2022, among others benefit including General Credit.

Families with children can receive child benefits worth hundreds of pounds a year


Families with children can receive child benefits worth hundreds of pounds a yearCredit: Getty

The government confirmed the increase in benefits usually increase each year to keep up with the increasing cost of living.

The State Pension will also increase to £288.60 a year and General Credit up to £189.72 a year for couples.

Millions of families receive child benefits, although there are some exceptions for who can receive the money.

Here we explain how much you will get in 2022-23.

How much is child benefit?

There are two rates of allowance for children, one for the eldest child and another for further children or other children.

Current rates for your eldest or only child are £21.15 a week, which is £84.60 a month or just over £1,000 a year.

For each of your other children £14 a week – around £56 a month and just over £700 a year.

How much will child benefits increase in 2022?

The current child benefit rate will increase by 3.1% from April 2022 until April 2023.

That means you can expect the following payouts, HMRC confirmed to The Sun:

  • For the first or only child £21.80 a week
  • For each subsequent child £14.45 a week

That’s an extra £33.80 and £23.40 a year respectively for each rate.

How do I get child benefits?

Child benefit is usually paid every four weeks on Monday or Tuesday.

But you can get paid weekly if you are a single parent or get some other benefits like Income Support.

You can get paid to any account, except a nationwide account in someone else’s name.

You need to apply for child benefits which you can do online through

However, only one person can get benefits for a child or children, so you will have to decide which parent will get the benefit.

There are other benefits you can get besides child benefit if you have a low income, as a child of the Universal Credit.

Who is eligible to claim child benefits?

Generally, you will be eligible for child benefit if you live in the UK and you are responsible for a child under the age of 16.

Support may also be required for a child under the age of 20 if they are in an approved educational or training facility.

To be considered responsible for a child, you will either live with them or you will pay at least the amount of child allowance to take care of them – food, clothing or pocket money, for example.

It’s important to note that eligibility changes if a child is hospitalized or cared for and if your child begins living with someone else.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, you can contact the child welfare office.

You won’t be able to get the full amount of the child benefit if you earn more than £50,000 and you won’t get anything if you earn more than £60,000.

That’s because something called The child benefit fee is high – but if it does apply it is still worth asking.

What is the High Income Child Benefit Fee?

If either parent earns more than £50,000 then they must pay a high income child benefit tax.

This means you pay back 1% of your child benefit for every £100 of income above this amount.

When you reach £60,000 in earnings, you must repay the full amount.

The reduction applies when only one parent or guardian earns more than the threshold, but not above the combined household income.

Parents get caught up in complicated rules and extra fees and landed with bills in the thousands of pounds.

Parents must notify HMRC if they are subject to this fee and they must submit a self-assessment tax return for payment.

Parents who are aware of this fee could also lose cash.

They may decide to opt out of the full benefit to avoid paying back. But they will miss out on National Insurance credits.

These fill the gap in NI contributions while not working and count towards the state pension you receive in retirement.

An old lady lost £800 a year in state pension payments after missing out on credits.

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