Benefits for children born after April 2017

Benefits for children born after April 2017

Not all benefits paid for children are affected by the 2 child limit. If you are not receiving child tax credit or the child element of universal credit for a third or subsequent child you may still be entitled to the following benefits for them:

  • child benefit
  • disability living allowance or personal independence payment
  • extra amounts added to child tax credit or universal credit for a child with a disability and these additions taken into account when calculating housing benefit
  • childcare costs

All of your children will be taken into account when calculating the size of home you need even if you do not get housing benefit for them all. Remember you can always ask your local council for discretionary housing payments if you are having difficulty paying your rent.

All children will also be counted when calculating your council tax reduction.

See Can you get help with childcare costs if you have more than 2 children

Call the Lone Parent Helpline on 0808 801 0323 if you need advice.

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