Your income when a child is 16+

Your income when a child is 16+

Your income from benefits, tax credits and child maintenance may reduce or come to an end soon after your child is 16 years old unless your child is in education or training when they are 16, 17, 18 or 19 years old.

This is a guide for single parents whose children are aged 16 -19 years old. It explains how income from benefits and tax credits and child maintenance will change depending on your child’s decisions about their education, training or work.

We explain the rules for the benefits and child maintenance you may be receiving for your child at this time in their lives. We also give information about other income sources for 16-19-year olds in education.

  • This guide covers:
  • What happens to child benefit when my child is 16+
  • What happens to universal credit when my child is 16+
  • What happens to tax credits when my child is 16+
  • What happens to housing benefit when my child is 16+
  • What happens to council tax benefit when my child is 16+
  • What happens to child maintenance when my child is 16+
  • Educational maintenance allowance when my child is 16+

There are references to advice guides and other organisations where you can get details on the issues raised but please call the Lone Parent Helpline free on 0808 801 0323 for further information and advice.

This advice guide is written for single parents living in Scotland. We have done our best to ensure that the Information contained in this advice guide is correct at the time of publication. Please check dates and details before use. This advice guide is not a comprehensive guide to the law, nor a substitute for legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of services offered by third parties.

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