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Myth of the month – Is it true that since the changes in April 2017 you can’t claim benefits for more than two children?

Is it true that since the changes made in April 2017 that you can’t claim benefits for more than two children?

Not quite. The rules changed in relation to what is called “the child element” of Child Tax Credit or the child element in Universal Credit which means that now it is not paid for a third or subsequent child born on or after 6th April 2017.

If you are already getting Child Tax Credit (or the child element in Universal Credit) for three or more children born before this date, you can carry on getting them for those children.

A third or later child born on or after 6 April 2017 can still get the disabled child element or severely disabled child element of Child Tax Credit, or the lower or higher rate of the disabled child addition in Universal Credit.

You can still get help with childcare costs as part of the Working Tax Credit for a third or later child, with a maximum payment of £210 a week if you have childcare costs for two or more children. You can get the childcare costs element in Universal Credit, with a maximum payment of £1,108.04 a month.

There are some limited exemptions to the rule about third and subsequent children in Tax Credits and Universal Credit, and you can read about these here.

Child benefit is not affected at all. You can still get child benefit for a third or later child.

There is more information on the changes to tax credits that came into force in April 2017 here.