You could get Guardian’s Allowance if you’re bringing up a child whose parents have died.

You could also be eligible if there is one surviving parent:

  • in prison or hospital
  • who isn’t paying for the child’s upbringing
  • who can’t be traced.

You’re paid Guardian’s Allowance at a rate of £14.75 a week. You get it on top of Child Benefit.

Guardian’s Allowance is a tax-free payment and isn’t counted as income for other benefits.

What you'll get

You’ll get £14.75 a week per child.

This is on top of your Child Benefit payments.

Guardian’s Allowance is paid with your Child Benefit every 4 weeks into your bank account.


To get Guardian’s Allowance all of the following need to be true:

  • you’re bringing up someone else’s child
  • the child’s parents are dead (see conditions for one surviving parent below)
  • you qualify for Child Benefit
  • one of the parents was born in the UK (or was living in the UK as an adult for at least 52 weeks in any 2-year period)

One parent survives

You could get Guardian’s Allowance if one of the following is true:

  • you don’t know where the surviving parent is
  • the parents were divorced (and the surviving parent doesn’t have custody and isn’t maintaining the child)
  • the parents weren’t married, the mother has died and the father is unknown
  • the surviving parent will be in prison for at least 2 years from the date of death of the other parent
  • the surviving parent is in a hospital by court order

How to claim

Claim Guardian’s Allowance when you claim Child Benefit if possible - if not, apply for Child Benefit first.

  1. Download and complete the claim form (PDF, 201KB).

  2. Send it to the Guardian’s Allowance Unit with the child’s birth certificate and the parents’ death certificate (send originals).

The Guardian's Allowance Unit
Child Benefit Office
PO Box 1
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE88 1AA

Guardian’s Allowance can be backdated for 3 months - or sometimes from when you qualified for Child Benefit.

You can also call the Guardian’s Allowance Unit and ask for a claim pack.

Guardian’s Allowance Unit
Telephone: 0845 302 1464
Textphone: 0845 302 1474