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Universal credit child amount

A ‘child amount’ of £244.58 a month may be included in your award for each child or qualifying young person who normally lives with you.

A ‘qualifying young person’ is someone aged 16 to 18 (or 19 in some cases) who has enrolled on (or been accepted for) a course of full-time non-advanced education or approved training, who is not getting employment and support allowance, jobseeker’s allowance or universal credit themselves.

A two-child limit was introduced on 6 April 2017; you can only get a child amount for a third or subsequent child (or qualifying young person) if they were born before that date or if special circumstances apply.

The child amount is paid at a higher rate of £290 a month for your eldest child or qualifying young person if they were born before 6 April 2017; otherwise the standard rate of £244.58 will apply.

An additional amount, the ‘disabled child addition’, is included for each child or qualifying young person who is disabled. It is set at two different levels:

  • a higher rate - £414.88 a month for a child/qualifying young person who gets the highest rate of the care component of disability living allowance (DLA) or child disability payment (CDP), the enhanced rate of the daily living component of personal independence payment (PIP) or adult disability payment (ADP), or who is certified as severely sight impaired or blind by a consultant ophthalmologist; and

  • a lower rate - £132.89 for a child/young person who gets any other rate of DLA, CDP, PIP or ADP.

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