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calendar icon22 Aug 2023

Don’t miss out – one week to extend child benefit for over 16s

Parents with teenage children are being urged to extend their child benefit claim for 16 year olds who are continuing their education or training.

Child benefit payments stop on 31 August following a youngster’s 16th birthday. But parents can extend their claim if their child is continuing in approved education or training.

Approved education or training

You can still get child benefit for over 16s if they are studying full time. Approved courses include:

  • A levels
  • T levels
  • NVQs, up to level 3
  • traineeships in England
  • international baccalaureate
  • home education (if this started before your child turned 16 or after if they have special needs)

You can also still get child benefit for youngsters undertaking the following unpaid approved training:

  • foundation apprenticeships, traineeships or the Jobs Growth Wales+ scheme (Wales)
  • PEACE IV Children and Young People 2.1, Training for Success or Skills for Life and Work (Northern Ireland)

How to extend your child benefit claim

You can extend your child benefit claim on the government website.

Any changes will be made immediately.

You’ll need a Government Gateway user ID and password to use HMRC’s online services.

To register to use their online services, you’ll need your national insurance number or postcode and two forms of ID.

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Rebecca Routledge

A qualified journalist for over 15 years with a background in financial services. Rebecca is Money Wellness’s consumer champion, helping you improve your financial wellbeing by providing information on everything from income maximisation to budgeting and saving tips.

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