Home News & views We’re helping parent carers understand more about benefits for 16-19 year olds this August
Thursday 30 July 2020
This month we’re focusing on helping you understand more about benefits for 16-19 year olds. It’s a complex area of the benefits system.
While your child is under 16, they are automatically treated as your dependent and you can claim benefits like Child Benefit or Child Tax Credit for them as part of your family.
However, the situation becomes more complex when they turn 16, and how long you can continue claiming benefits for your son or daughter as a dependent will depend on whether they remain in full time non advanced education or approved training.
In addition, some disabled young people can claim Universal Credit in their own right once they turn 16. This means that any benefits or tax credits you get for them as a dependent child will stop – so you’ll need to consider whether this would leave you better or worse off.
Alongside this, most disabled children on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are invited to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) shortly after they are 16 (18 for children in Scotland born on or after 1st September).
Not surprisingly, many of you are confused about what is involved in moving onto this new benefit.
It’s important to understand what you and your child are entitled to at this time, and if this is something that you need advice on we’re here to help:
There are limited places for these two webinars so we’d encourage you to register now to guarantee your place.
The webinars will be recorded so if you’re unable to join us on the day, you can watch it on Contact’s YouTube page. And you’ll be able to see the questions and answers on our Facebook page. We will post a link to the Q&A thread when the session ends.
Check out our web pages on benefits and financial support
Take a look at our Common Question Tool which answers some of your most common questions about preparing for adult life and Personal Independent Payment and other benefits at 16.
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