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HMRC Financial Support – Child Benefit

Important Information from HMRC: Extending Child Benefit and Child Trust Funds for Parents of 16- to 19-Year-Olds

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued an important reminder for parents of 16- to 19-year-olds regarding the continuation of Child Benefit payments. Parents who are currently claiming Child Benefit have until 31 August to inform HMRC if their child is continuing in non-advanced education or approved training. Failing to do so may result in the cessation of their benefit payments.

To assist parents and guardians in understanding and taking action, HMRC has developed a comprehensive communication pack. This pack includes:

  1. Information on Extending Child Benefit: Detailed guidance on how to inform HMRC about your child’s continued education or training to ensure uninterrupted benefit payments.
  2. Pre-Written Newsletter Article: Ready-to-use content for community newsletters to spread the word about the August 31 deadline.
  3. Pre-Written Social Media Posts: Posts designed for sharing on social media channels, complete with imagery, to help reach a broader audience.
  4. Pre-Written Text Messages: Templates for text messages that can be sent out to remind parents of the upcoming deadline.

HMRC emphasizes the importance of sharing this information widely to ensure no eligible family misses out on the financial support they are entitled to.

In addition to information on extending Child Benefits, the pack also includes valuable details on Child Trust Funds (CTFs). CTFs are tax-free savings accounts that could be worth up to £2,000 for children. The pack provides guidance on how parents can check if their child has a CTF and how to access these funds.

Your support in disseminating this information is crucial. By sharing the provided materials within your community, you can help ensure that parents and guardians are informed about these important benefits and take the necessary steps before the deadline.

For more information or to access the communication materials, please refer to the attached pack provided by HMRC.