You normally qualify for Child Benefit if you have children under 16 (or under 20 if in certain types of education or training), but you do have to apply for it.
You should receive an application in the useful Bounty Pack you are given in hospital when your baby is born (or your midwife will pass you one).
You can also print off a form here:
Applying is pretty straight forward. You will need to send the original birth certificate with the application form so make sure you register your baby first.
Make sure the form is one of the first things you complete in those first few weeks of parenthood. If you leave it, you may be missing out on valuable pennies as they will only back date payments for 3 months.
Once it’s completed, send your form and baby’s birth certificate to:
Child Benefit Office (Washington)
PO Box 133
PO Box 133
HELPLINE NUMBER: 08453 021 444
The current weekly rates for Child Benefit are:
£20.30 for your first/oldest child
£13.40 for other children
It is paid until the child is either 16 or 20 if he/she is in full time education (up to A Level or equivalent or certain training courses).
The money is usually paid directly into the mother’s bank account on a monthly basis.