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

Last updated: 07/02/2020

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

If you only have one child and child benefit stops you will be treated as a single person and need to claim universal credit for help pay your rent.

Claim universal credit at:

www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit

If you still get child benefit for a child aged 16-19, your housing benefit, including the amount for them, can continue.

If you no longer get child benefit for a child aged 16-19 and they continue to live with you, your housing benefit will change if your child is 18 or over and in paid work. Your housing benefit may reduce depending on their earnings.

If you no longer get child benefit for a child and they continue to live with you, your housing benefit will not reduce if

  • Your child is 16 or 17 years old
  • Your child is a young person aged 18 to 25 years old and getting their own universal credit
  • your child is a full-time student unless they also work 16 or more hours per week.