If you’re responsible for a child, you can normally get Child Benefit for them - even if you’re not their parent. Only one person can claim Child Benefit for each child.
These rates are fixed until April 2014.
|Who the allowance is for||Rate (weekly)|
|Eldest or only child||£20.30|
|Additional children (per child)||£13.40|
|Guardian’s Allowance (per child)||£14.75|
Guardian’s Allowance is a benefit you could get if you’re bringing up someone else’s child - it’s paid on top of Child Benefit.
How Child Benefit is paid
Child Benefit is paid into your bank account every 4 weeks. You can get it paid weekly if you’re a single parent or getting certain other benefits, eg Income Support.