Benefits for Children
If you are on a low income or have a child with a disability you may be able to receive benefits to help with the cost of caring for them.
Since 6 April 2017 some of these benefits have been limited so you can normally only get them for two children born on or after this date. This has been called the ‘two child limit’.
Child benefit, disability living allowance and personal independence payment are not affected so you can get these for all children who qualify.
Child tax credit, universal credit and help towards rent have been limited.
No new claims can be made for child tax credit or housing benefit, with very few exceptions, so this rule now mainly affects families claiming universal credit.
How does the two child limit rule work?
You will get or continue to get universal credit for all children born before 6 April 2017, however, if you are already getting universal credit for 2 or more children and have another born after this date you will not get universal credit for this new baby.
If you already get universal credit for 2 children and an older child becomes part of your family you may not get universal credit for all three children depending on when they were born.
Exceptions to the rule
Exceptions apply where a third or subsequent child, born on or after 6 April 2017, has been adopted, there is a kinship care arrangement, or the child was conceived as a result of rape.
Where your third or subsequent child qualifies for a disability element of universal credit you will receive this for them even if you do not get the child element because of the 2 child limit rule.
For more information call
The Lone Parent Helpline on 0808 801 0323