Child Tax Credit is one of six benefits being replaced by Universal Credit.
This means you can no longer make a new claim for Child Tax Credit and must apply for the child element of Universal Credit instead.
On Universal Credit, you might be able to claim back up to 85% of eligible childcare costs. In 2021/22 this is up to a maximum of £646.35 for one child, or £1,108.04 for two or more children.
This is compared with the 70% you could claim for childcare costs on Child Tax Credit.
To get the childcare costs element, you must:
- be in paid work, or
- have an offer of paid work that’s due to start before the end of your next Universal Credit monthly assessment period.
If you’re in a couple, your partner must also be in paid work. This is unless they can’t provide childcare because of a limited capability for work, or they’re caring for a severely disabled person.
You can claim the child element of Universal Credit for all qualifying children born before 6 April 2017.
If your children were born on or after 6 April 2017, you’ll only be able to claim for the first two. This is unless you had a multiple birth – or there are other limited exceptions.