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.
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.
Upcoming 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, family allowance will change in that:-
- Households with an annual income of £120,000 or more (gross) will not be eligible to claim family allowance or credits;
- Family allowance will only be payable up to the date of the child's 18th birthday
- Changes to family allowance are due to be implemented from 1 September 2021.
- A copy of the Policy Letter bringing about these changes, Building a better future: Children's health and education, can be found in the downloads section of this page.