Child benefit statistics

Created a year ago, updated 3 months ago

Child Benefit is paid to those responsible for children (aged under 16) or qualifying young people. The latter includes:

a) those in full-time non-advanced education or (from April 2006) on certain approved vocational training courses and who are under 19, or are aged 19 and have been on the same course since their 19th birthdays. (Note: those reaching 19 up to 9 April 2006 ceased to qualify on their 19th birthdays);
b) those entered for future external examinations, or are in the period between leaving education (or exams finishing) and the week containing the first Monday in September (or similar dates after Easter and in early January, if earlier), and are not in work (there are slight variations for Scotland);
c) those aged under 18 who have moved directly from full-time education to being registered for work or training with the Careers service or with Connexions.

As of January 2013, claimants may be liable to a tax charge called the 'High Income Child Benefit charge'. Being liable for this charge does not affect a child's entitlement but any Child Benefit recipient is liable to repay some or all of their Child Benefit back if they or their partner has an individual income of more than £50,000 per year. For every additional £100 over the £50,000 threshold that an individual earns, the tax charge due increases by 1%. This means that any recipient whose income (or partner’s income) is over £60,000 will be liable to repay their entire Child Benefit entitlement. Alternatively, claimants affected by the High Income Child Benefit charge have the option to opt-out of receiving Child Benefit, thereby ceasing their payments.

This data includes details of the number of families claiming Child Benefit as at 31st August, the number and ages of children within those families and their geographical location. It also contains, at Local Authority level and above, details of the number of families that had opted out of receiving Child Benefit, the number and ages of children within those families and their geographical location. However it does not include figures on those that have chosen not to claim Child Benefit due to the introduction of the High income Child Benefit charge. This means that the Child Benefit population (up to 16) may not continue to be as useful a proxy for the child population as a whole in future years.

The statistics are as close to real-time as possible and represent the complete picture as at the 31st August, including back-dated awards pertaining to new-births.

The figures have been independently rounded to the nearest 5. This can lead to components as shown not summing to totals as shown.


Frequency: Calendar Year

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