Tax Credits and Universal Credit
Child Tax Credit is paid to people with responsibility for a child under 16, or under 20 if they are in non-advanced education or approved training. It is paid by HM Revenue and Customs, in addition to Child Benefit. If you get the maximum Child Tax Credit, your child will get free school meals.
Tax credits are means tested but most types of student finance are ignored.
To make a claim phone 0345 300 3900. For more information go to https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/tax-credits
If you are working for more than 16 hours per week for any four week period you may also be able to claim Working Tax Credit. See https://www.gov.uk/claim-tax-credits
If you are a lone parent working at least 16 hours per week or a couple with responsibility for a child and you both work (for 24 hours in total with one person working for at least16 hours) you may be able to get extra help through working tax credit with your childcare costs. Most undergraduate students are better off claiming the Student Finance England Childcare Grant. Contact a Welfare Adviser in the Advice and Counselling Service if you think you qualify for both grants.
Tax Credits are being replaced by Universal Credit.
- You are responsible for a child,
are responsible for a child under the age of one; or are responsible for a child or qualifying young person and you are getting Student Finance as a full time student (but during the summer period you will need to meet work requirements).
If you, and any partner, are working, or you’re due to start work, and you’re claiming Universal Credit, you can claim back up to 85% of your eligible childcare costs for children under 16. You could get up to £646 a month for one child, or £1,108 for two or more.
You can use it to help pay:
- Registered childminders, nurseries, and nannies
- Registered after-school clubs and playschemes
- Registered schools
- Home careworkers working for a registered home care agency
Universal Credit is being phased in over the next few years. It will replace a number of existing benefits, including tax credits. Whether you can claim will depend on where you live and your personal circumstances.
If you are already receiving tax credits then you don't need to do anything now.
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