Child Benefit Contact Phone Number UK Information0844 248 2560
Who Would Call The Child Benefit Number?
People who call the Child Benefit Contact Phone Number UK will usually have their own child(ren), an adopted child(ren) or perhaps have some queries into the polices of the Child Support Agency. The biggest reasons why people will call the Child Benefit number are:
- To see if they are eligible for Child Benefits
- If their child is living away from home
- If they live/work abroad
- Their child has died
- They are looking after a child whose parents are no longer alive
- If they earn over 50,000 GBP
- They are fostering or adopting
If you think you are affected by any of these issues or have a query which is not listed then call the number provided to be sure of where you stand with the Child Support Agency.
What Is The Role Of The Child Support Agency?
The Child Support Agency’s main responsibility is to provide income support to families across the UK who have children under the age of 16 (and in certain situations children between 16 and 20). The agency provides income for each child and often pays the benefits on a 4 week basis; however it can also pay on a weekly basis if needs be.
A Brief History of the Child Support Agency
Child Benefits first appeared in the UK in 1945 when the Family Allowance act was introduced in Parliament. It offered 5s (£0.25) for family per week for each child.
Since then, the laws have been updated and in 1977 the term ‘Child Benefit’ was first introduced into British society. Quite recently, the Conservative-Liberal coalition drafted new plans in 2010 to restrict child benefits to families who are earning over £50,000 a year.
June 23rd 2014
The Department For Work And Pensions recently replaced the CSA and introduced a scheme that encourages parents who have split up to work out a child support schedule by themselves. Under this scheme, going through government if parents cannot reach an agreement comes with a small fee. It was intended to make savings to the child maintenance budget. However, the estimated savings target could be at risk unless the number of parents who reach agreements independently increases soon, according to auditors.
The Department For Work And Pensions expected to save around £220 million a year by reducing the number of parents applying for help with child maintenance. If this was a success, the department would close or move 800,000 cases to the new scheme before the end of 2018. This would mean there are less than 250,000 cases managed by the department.
However, auditors are warning that the scheme was not been popular as of yet. The number of people who choose to have independent arrangements has, in fact, fallen from 5550 to 3600 between August 2013 and March 2014. This number could change dramatically once the Department For Work And Pensions begins to force child maintenance agreements later in this month.
A Department For Work And Pensions spokesperson defended the scheme by saying: “The old Child Support Agency often took responsibility away from parents, encouraging conflict and hostility at huge expense to the taxpayer. More than fifty percent of children living in separated families had no effective financial arrangement in place at all.
“Our reforms mean that many parents are already coming to their own arrangements – thirty nine percent of parents using the new are already opting not to rely on the state to collect and pay maintenance on their behalf. Instead, they are using Direct Pay, a service which enables payments to be made directly from one parent to another.”
June 6th 2014
The government has defended its controversial child maintenance scheme which could charge thousands of single parents unless they can reach an agreement with ex-partners regarding child support. Under the new scheme, the Department For Work And Pensions are charging for state mediation to solve child support. It is intended to encourage ex-partners to work out a child support schedule outside of the system. The state-administered mediation costs £20 to set up with ongoing charges.
The government believes that the system will help save state resources and let the parents reach a civil agreement. Steve Webb, the work and pensions minister, said: “The goal here is to get more child maintenance for more children and to make the default for parents, even though they have separated, to sort things out for themselves rather than rely on the state bureaucracy.”
The changes comes as a result of the Child Support Agency’s replacement with the Child Maintenance Service. Letters informing parents of the changes are being sent to 50,000 households across the United Kingdom.
There are concerns about this new system though. A charity that supports single parents, Gingerbread, warned that it could lead to “unstable” arrangements that will effect the support a child receives. The charity also pointed out that 100,00 parents currently with CSA are unlikely to reach an agreement under these new rules. It’s also believed that the system punishes those who are victims of abuse and may not want to reach agreement with a former partner.
Chief executive of Gingerbread, Fiona Weir, said: “While many parents are able to agree private child maintenance arrangements, for many other parents this just isn’t possible without government help. We’re very concerned that closing CSA cases and bringing in charges may deter some parents from making new child maintenance agreements or pressure single parents into unstable arrangements, and children will lose out on vital support.”
May 2nd 2014
The number of families that have stopped claiming Child Benefits has doubled to 400,000 in just one year’s time. It’s believed that these figures are the result of tens of thousands of families fearing fines after changes made by the government. A year ago, George Osborne and the Treasury announced that 200,000 people had chosen not to receive money at all.
Many families have faced the prospect of fines from Her Majesty’s Revenue And Customers, unable to understand the complex new system that had been put in place. It involves receiving full child benefit but having to give some of it back. Parents receive £20.50 per week for their first child and £13.55 for every child after that. If one parent earns over £50k the child benefit will be cut. Parents earning £60k and over are no longer entitled.
Far-right Conservative MPs disagreed with the move fearing it would impact families of wealth. Some others have pointed out an anomaly in the system where two parents that each earn under £50,00 would not lose support, but one who earns just over would.
The highest number of opt-outs have come from the South East where, since the changes were implemented, close to 100,000 families have decided to stop receiving the money. This has affected around 170,000 children.
Tory MP Mark Field, who has been a long-standing critic of the changes, said: “The concerns I had were whether it was going to work and whether it was hitting the right people or not. It looks as if we are going to continue to feather-bed pensioners. It does seem to hit young parents who have a huge lot of expenditure with young children.”
Child Benefit was first implemented in the UK in 1946 under the Family Allowances Act of 1945. The original rate was 5s (£0.25) per week per child.
February 2nd 2014
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is strongly supporting the coalition government’s plans to end child benefit for those living outside of the United Kingdom.
In the current system, child benefit call still be paid those living in the EU whose parents work in the United Kingdom. For example, a father working in the UK, providing money for his family in Spain, could still be claiming benefits.
Nick Clegg said: “I – like the prime minister and I suspect like a lot of people in this country – don’t quite understand why on earth it is possible under our current rules to pay someone child benefit for children who aren’t even in this country. That does seem to me to be perverse.”
Clegg continued to say he and the Conservatives are in “complete unity” over the plans to tighten the child benefit system. He also said Labour had delivered a “body blow” by failing to impose limits themselves when eight Eastern European countries joined the EU in 2004.
“That dealt a body blow to public trust and confidence in the way in which the immigration system works,” he said. “We have been trying to avoid those past mistakes so we are lifting these last restrictions on those eligible to come here from Bulgaria and Romania, in keeping with other countries.
“But crucially we are breaking the link between the right to move to look for work and the right to claim benefits, no questions asked, no strings attached, for as long as you like. We are the first government to do that.”
A leaked proposal from Theresa May’s office suggested that Nick Clegg wanted to put a cap on the number of EU citizens that would be coming to Britain. However, he has denied this and says that David Cameron does too.
December 26th 2013
Tory MP Nadium Zahawi has proposed that families in the UK should only be allowed to receive child benefit and tax credits for their first two children, rather than continuously claim support for each child they have.
Mr. Zahawi claimed that the policy would save billions and help people rethink their relationship with the welfare state. If implemented, the rule would apply only to families who have a third child from 2015 onwards, and not to those with more than two children now. The plan would mean that families earning less than £30, 000 will lose out on tax credits worth £2,725 a year.
Mr. Zahawi pointed out that the welfare state is designed to be a safety net and not a ‘lifestyle choice’. However, he admitted that many people can become easily trapped into a life of dependency on the state thanks to its ‘straitjacketed’ nature.
Like many working families who choose to hold off on having a third or fourth child until they can afford it, families reliant on the state should also be forced to think about the economical consequences of their actions and think more carefully about their relationship with the state.
Zahawi’s proposal comes just days after Chancellor George Osbourne announced that should Tories win the next general election in 2015, he will seek to make further cuts in the welfare budget.
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