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

Last updated: 09/04/2021

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

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Our Universal Credit information gives you detailed information about how your income will change.

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When you stop getting child benefit for your child, the child element of your universal credit will also stop. The amount of universal credit you get will therefore decrease.

If your child starts working 24 or more hours per week the amount of universal credit you get to pay your rent may also decrease depending on how much they earn.

Report this change in your universal credit online account.