Most General Register Offices have either been closed or running a limited service. So a temporary measure has been put in place that means new parents can still claim Child Benefit without having to register their child’s birth first.
This ensures no family will miss out.
First time parents need to fill in Child Benefit Claim form CH2 found online and send it to the Child Benefit Office. If they haven’t registered the birth because of COVID-19, they should add a note with their claim to this effect.
If they already claim Child Benefit, they can complete the form or add their new-born’s details over the phone on 0300 200 3100. They will need their National Insurance number or Child Benefit number.
Note: Child Benefit claims can be backdated by up to 3 months.
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The Child Benefit Regulations have been amended to ensure that the 'terminal date' remains the same as it would have been if this summer's external exams had not been cancelled.
In the final year of payment, provided the young person the claimant is responsible for is in education after 31 May, claimants continue to receive Child Benefit until 31 August unless a relevant change of circumstances occurs. If the regulations had not been amended, many claimants would have lost Child Benefit from 31 May due to there being no exams. The amendment ensures that entitlement continues up to 31 August.