Family Allowance and eligibility criteria - is it means tested?

(9 Posts)
hungryhippo33 Sun 02-Oct-16 17:15:43

Is it true that any can claim family allowance and its not means tested?

AnchorDownDeepBreath Sun 02-Oct-16 17:17:33

It's called Child Benefit now - family allowance is a really old term. If you earn above £50k it's tapered, above £60k and you're not entitled (although you can claim and have the earned pay it back through their tax return). For under £50k it's £20.70 per week.

AidingAndAbetting Sun 02-Oct-16 17:18:05

Family allowance doesn't exist any more. It's called Child Benefit and is means tested, though the freehold is pretty high: www.gov.uk/child-benefit/eligibility

AnchorDownDeepBreath Sun 02-Oct-16 17:18:40

(About £13 additional for additional children, I think, £20.70 for the eldest)

Balletgirlmum Sun 02-Oct-16 17:18:45

It's called Child Benefit & you have to pay it back if one parent earns more than £50,000

AidingAndAbetting Sun 02-Oct-16 17:18:54

*freehold? Threshold obvs.

LIZS Sun 02-Oct-16 17:19:33

Do you mean Child Benefit? If so anyone can claim for a dependent child under 18 in ft education but if either adult in the household earns over 50k pa some or all of it is repayable via a tax return or you opt out of receiving the payments.

hungryhippo33 Sun 02-Oct-16 17:28:30

they must have meant child benefit.

I don't earn more than 50k but my ex-partner does. We don't live together. Would I be able to claim CB given that we are separated?

AidingAndAbetting Sun 02-Oct-16 20:16:41

Yes you would.

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