Benefit Changes at 16

Changes to your benefits when you turn 16

Benefit changes: 16+

If you are in your final year of school the benefits that your parents get will not change until the end of the summer after year 11. How benefits are affected after that will depend on what you are going to do after this time. Your parent or carer will need to tell the HMRC what you are planning to do.

Child Benefit

Child Benefit stops on 31 August on or after your 16th birthday if you leave education or training. It continues if you stay in approved education or training, but your parent or carer must tell the Child Benefit Office. Your parent or carer will be sent a letter in your last year at school asking to confirm your plans.

For more information on the types of education and training included visit https://www.gov.uk/child-benefit-16-19 or contact the help line on 0300 200 3100.

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit

Child Tax Credit usually stops on 31 August after your child turns 16 but can continue for children under 20 in approved education, training or registered with a careers service.

For more information on the types of education and training included visit https://www.gov.uk/child-tax-credit-when-child-reaches-16 or contact the help line on 0345 300 3900.

Working tax credit is not affected as long as you are still getting child benefit for your child.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax

Housing Benefit and Council Tax reduction is not affected as long as you are still getting child benefit for your child. For more information please contact 020 7525 1880.

Please remember to contact the relevant department to inform any changes in your circumstances