Family allowance is a weekly tax free benefit payable to people living in Guernsey and Alderney who are bringing up children. It does not depend on how much money you have coming in, or any savings you may have.
Future changes to family allowance
- In August 2020 the States approved changes to family allowance in order to introduce certain health and education related subsidies for children.
- To fund these subsidies, there will be two main changes to family allowance. These will take effect from 3 January 2022:-
- Family allowance will only be paid to people who have an annual gross household income below £120,000. This household income limit includes the income of the person receiving family allowance, their husband/wife or any partner they are living with;
- Family allowance will only be paid for each child, up to their 18th birthday (if they're still in full-time education at that point).
- If you are already receiving family allowance, you will have had a letter informing you of the changes. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be asked to return an income declaration in order to continue your claim from 3 January onwards. If this declaration not returned, you are (or expect to be) over the income limit, or you are only claiming for one child who is already aged 18 or over, your claim will close at the end of this year.
- Family allowance will continue to be paid on current rules (without an income limit) until 2 January 2022.
- Examples of the letters and a Frequently Asked Questions document can be found in the downloads section of this page. A copy of the Policy Letter bringing about these changes, Building a better future: Children's health and education, is also available there.
Who can claim the allowance?
- You can apply for family allowance if you are responsible for a child who lives with you. You can also apply for the allowance if the child lives with someone else and:
- You are paying money to bring up the child
- The amount you pay is the same as, or more than the weekly rate of family allowance
- The person the child lives with is not getting family allowance for them
How much will I get?
- Family allowance is paid at the same rate for each child in your family. The current rate is set out in Benefit Payment & Contribution Rates - Leaflet 50, which is provided together with Family Allowance - Leaflet FAM 1 in the downloads section of this page.
Who can the allowance be paid for?
- Family allowance is paid for a child who is:
- under school leaving age, or
- 19 or under and still in full-time education at school, college or university.
- Family allowance will only be paid once for a child. Any person who is responsible for that child can claim the allowance, although, it is usually claimed by the person who has day to day care of the child. Before deciding who should claim, please read the information on "What happens to my Social Security contributions while I'm claiming?" on page 8 of Family Allowance - Leaflet FAM 1, provided in the downloads section of this page.
- In order to make the claim, you should fill in a Family Allowance claim form FAM12 which is provided for printing from the downloads section of this page. You can also request this form by post from Social Security or from the States Office in Alderney.
- The same Family Allowance claim form (FAM12) is also used to register your child for a Social Security number and Health Benefits.