Are you looking after a child under the age of 16, or a qualifying young person under the age of 20? Then you qualify for the child element.
Find out more about the criteria for a qualifying young person on the Turn2us website
In 2021-22, the child element entitles you to:
- £282.50 a month for first or only child born before 6 April 2017
- £237.08 a month per child in all other circumstances.
You can only claim the child element for a maximum of two children. This is unless an exemption applies, such as a multiple birth, or you’ve adopted.
If your child has a long-term health condition or is disabled, you might be entitled to one of the following disabled child elements:
- £128.89 a month per child or qualifying young person currently getting Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or PIP (Personal Independence Payment).
- £402.41 a month per child or qualifying young person if they get the highest rate of the DLA care component, enhanced rate of PIP for daily living, or are registered blind.