Child Benefit payments are usually made every four weeks unless there is a bank holiday (Picture: Getty)
So, many were slightly relieved when the government announced it would be providing some support – though many argue the support is still not enough, given thousands have been plunged into poverty with the alarming rise in expenses.
And, on Friday, May 27, 2022, people took to social media to express their shock and concern at receiving a smaller Child Benefit payment this month – the last thing families currently need.
If your family is struggling with finances, you may be eligible for Child Benefit payments.
Here’s what you need to know about Child Benefit, if you’re eligible, and why it was a smaller payment this month.
Why is my Child Benefit payment smaller this month?
If you were paid far less than normal for your Child Benefit payment this month, be assured that you will be getting the rest of the money that you are owed very soon.
However, due to the bank holiday, HMRC has explained that there will be partial payments or full payments made earlier than usual.
Its Twitter account tweeted: ‘If you are a Child Benefit customer, you may get full or partial payments earlier than expected is due to the upcoming Bank Holidays. Customers don’t need to call – everyone will still get their full payment by their expected date.’
When will I receive the rest of my Child Benefit payment?
People who receive Child Benefit payments on Mondays
If you’re typically paid your Child Benefit payment on a Monday, you’ll receive weekly payments on Friday, May 27.
However, four-weekly recipients will receive a week of Child Benefit on Friday, May 27, and the remaining three weeks on Monday, May 30.
Families in the UK have been struggling to make ends meet amid the cost of living crisis (Picture: Guido Mieth via Getty Images)
People who receive Child Benefit payments on Tuesdays
For those who are paid weekly on Tuesdays, you’ll receive this on Monday, May 30, instead.
Or, if you receive four-weekly payments, you’ll receive the first week’s payment on Monday and the other three weeks’ payment on Tuesday, May 31.
To work out your next payment, count four weeks forward from your last one – if you’re unsure when that was, check your bank statement and look out for ‘HMRC Child Benefit’.
Who is eligible for Child Benefit payments?
The aim of the government’s Child Benefit payments is to help you with the cost of caring for your children.
These payments can either be made weekly or every four weeks, depending on what it is decided by HMRC, on a Monday or Tuesday.
Families with children under the age of 16 are eligible for Child Benefits (Picture: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc via Getty Images)
The government website states that only one person or parent can get Child Benefit for a child who is under the age of 16 or 20 if they’re in approved education or training.
To be classified as ‘responsible’ for the child, they’ll either be living with you or you’ll be paying the same amount as Child Benefit to look after them when paying for their food and other expenses.
For the eldest or only child, you’ll be given £21.80 per week, and £14.45 per additional child you have or care for.
However, be wary of the fact that you may be paid less if you get other benefits due to the benefit cap.
How to apply for Child Benefit payments
To claim, the government guidance states: ‘You can claim Child Benefit as soon as you’ve registered the birth of your child, or they come to live with you.
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‘It can take up to 16 weeks to process a new Child Benefit claim (or longer if you’re new to the UK). Child Benefit can be backdated for up to three months.
‘Fill in Child Benefit claim form CH2 and send it to the Child Benefit Office. The address is on the form.’
You can find the form CH2 on the UK Government’s website now.
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