My child is turning 16

Your income from benefits, tax credits and child maintenance may reduce or come to an end soon after your child is 16 years old unless your child is in education or training when they are 16-19 years old.

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What happens to child benefit when my child is 16+?

You get child benefit if you are responsible for a child.  There are no limits to the number of children you can claim for but only one person can get child benefit for the same child.

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What happens to universal credit when my child is 16+?

Universal credit provides financial support to families for living expenses and rent. It includes amounts for yourself and your children.

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What happens to tax credits when my child is 16+?

Child tax credit is paid for children and working tax credit is paid if you work at least 16 hours a week. The amount you receive from both child and working tax credit depends on your circumstances.

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What happens to housing benefit when my child turns 16+?

Housing benefit helps to pay your rent. You get a payment for yourself and an amount for a child who lives with you.

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What happens to council tax when my child turns 16+?

Each household pays council tax. You may be receiving a council tax discount and a council tax reduction to help pay the bill.

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What happens to child maintenance when my child is 16+?

Parents have a legal duty to financially contribute to the upbringing of their child. Maintenance can be arranged directly with your child’s other parent, through the Child Maintenance Service or the Scottish courts.

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Educational maintenance allowance when a child turns 16+

Young people aged 16 to 19 who want to continue learning in school or college on a non-advanced further education course may be entitled to the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

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