CHILD BENEFITWhat is it? | Basic qualifying condition | How much could I get and how am I paid? | How and when should I apply? | Is there anything else I should know? | What else might I be able to get?
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What is it?
Child Benefit (CHB) is a benefit paid to someone who is responsible for a child or young person living with them, or are contributing to the child's or young person's maintenance at a rate at least equal to the rate of CHB payable for that child or young person.
Basic qualifying condition
If the child or young person is:
- under the age of 16; or
- 16 or over, but under the age of 20 and in full time education or approved training of more than 12 hours per week and studying for a qualification up to and including 'A' level standard or equivalent (the child or young person must have commenced that full-time education prior to their 19th birthday).
you or the child or young person have been resident on the IOM or in the United Kingdom for more than 182 days in the 52 weeks prior to the week in which the claim is made.
There are exceptions to the above and certain cases where there is no entitlement to Child Benefit - download the publications at the end of this section for more details.
How much could I get and how am I paid?
Click here for Rates. You can be paid weekly by order which you cash at a Post Office or you can have it paid directly into your Isle of Man based bank or building society account every 4 weeks.
How and when should I apply?
Use the claim form (CH2(IOM)) and return it to Child Benefit Unit, Markwell House, Market Street, Douglas, IM1 2RZ, along with the child's birth certificate.
You will need to apply as soon as possible after the birth of the child or after the date you take responsibility for the child or young person.
Is there anything else I should know?
You will need to tell us if the child or young person leaves full time education - download the publications at the end of this page for more details.
What else might I be able to get?
Related benefits are:
- Maternity Allowance
- Family Income Supplement
- Income Support
- Widowed Parent's Allowance
- Guardian's Allowance
If you would like further information on Child Benefit, please download the following documents -
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