Children born recently or expected

New Child and Entitlements Rules

Children born/adopted recently or expected

Bedroom entitlement

If you include an unborn or not yet adopted child in your number of children, the calculator will also include that child when working out your bedroom entitlement for calculating any help with housing costs you may be entitled to through Housing Benefit or the Universal Credit housing element. In reality the child won't be included in your bedroom entitlement until it is born/adopted so if you want to see your actual entitlement for now, before the birth/adoption, please don't include the child in your number of children.

Child Tax Credit

If you include an unborn or not yet adopted child in your number of children this calculator can work out what Child Tax Credit entitlement you will have once the child is born/adopted. Because of the way tax credits work, you may receive a higher amount of tax credits, or start qualifying, after the birth/adoption of a child.

If your child is expected after this tax year ends (after 5th April 2018) then we cannot provide a Child Tax Credit calculation which includes them at the moment.

Universal Credit

If you include an unborn or not yet adopted child in your number of children the calculator will not include this child when working out what Universal Credit entitlement you have. If you want to check what your Universal Credit entitlement would be including the unborn/not yet adopted child you will need to make their date of birth today's date.
 

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