Call the Child Benefit contact number to speak with a Child Benefits representative to find out if you are entitled to Child Benefits or for information on how to start claiming. The Child Benefits phone number is a part of the HMRC helpline and is open between the hours of 8:00am – 8:00pm Monday to Fridays and also open on Saturday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Child Benefit Contact Number
0870 280 5496
Child Benefit is a government payment which may be paid to people who are responsible for a child aged under 16 years or under 20 years old if they are still pursuing a full-time education. Although in the past every parent or guardian in the UK was eligible to apply for benefit payments, on 7th January 2013, it became subject to means testing for the first time. This means that those on higher incomes no longer receive this payment. To learn more about qualifications, or to apply, call the Child Benefit number that we have provided here.
Child Benefit Contact Information
If you have any queries or need to make any changes to your application it is important to call the Child Benefit helpline straight away. Phone lines are open on weekdays between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm and also on Saturdays between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Please note that the Child Benefit telephone number is not active on Sundays or on major holidays. If you find that the phone lines are busy when you call, it is advised that you try calling between 8:00 am and 11:00 an on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please be sure to have your National Insurance number and Child Benefit number to hand before calling to ensure you can be helped more quickly.
How to Claim Child Benefit
If you think that you are eligible to receive payment, you may need to supply your National Insurance number in order to prove your eligibility. You will need to complete and return form CH2, sending it to the Chile Benefit office. Call the Child Benefit contact number if you would like to have the form mailed to you. To support your application, you will also need to supply the child’s original birth or adoption certificate. A complete list of documents that are required can be found on the HMRC website, or by ringing the Child Benefit phone number.
Processing times can take up to 12 weeks and for families who have only recently moved to the UK, the processing time could be even longer. As soon as your baby is born or a child comes to live with you, you should immediately submit your application. Although payments are able to be backdated for three months, you will want to start receiving your entitlement as soon as possible. To check on the status of an open application, contact Child Benefit.
Rules Regarding Child Benefit
If you are claiming benefits for a child aged 16 or 17, you will continue to receive your payments for 20 weeks after they leave formal education, enter the armed forces, or commence with a government sponsored careers service. There are different rules in the circumstances that your child has to go into hospital for long term treatment or if they have to go and live in another household. If either of these situations applies, you should call the phone number for Child Benefit to find out more information.
If you will be fostering or adopting a child, there is no need to wait until completion of the process to apply. As soon as the child comes to live with you, you should immediately submit your application. You are eligible to apply regardless of the child’s nationality. If you are fostering and your local council is not contributing payments towards maintenance or accommodation, you are also eligible to claim. If you have an informal arrangement with a friend or family member to take care of their child on their behalf you can claim child benefit as long as your local council is not making contributions towards the child’s accommodation or maintenance.
How Are Benefit Payments Distributed?
In most cases, benefits will be paid on a four weekly basis directly into the claimant’s bank account. Payments will usually be received on either a Monday or a Tuesday. There is a possibility of changing your payment to be received on a weekly basis, but this is only permitted if you are either a single parent or if you are in receipt of certain other benefits including Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance. Ring the Child Benefit number listed here to see if your payment dates can be set to a weekly schedule.
There are certain types of account which cannot receive Child Benefit payments. These include business accounts, trust funds, credit cards, mortgages or children’s savings accounts. It is also important to note than Individual Savings Accounts are subject to annual limits on the sums that may be paid in and therefore they are not recommended. To find out more about payments, you can call the Child Benefit contact number.