When it was first introduced in 1977, Child Benefit was a tax-free, non-means-tested benefit, available to families with children (or those responsible for children), regardless of their household income. Back then, it replaced the old Family Allowance that was designed to encourage families to boost the population after the Second World War by having more children. These days, Child Benefit remains available to most people with children, and is valued by millions of families across the UK – especially those living on low incomes.
But it’s not the only source of extra money, as there are several other benefits available for families to help with the cost of bringing up children.
The following help sheet gives practical guidance on Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Maternity and Paternity benefits among others as well as details of where you can go if you need further information.