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We’re helping parent carers understand more about benefits for 16-19 year olds this August

Thursday 30th July 2020

This month we're focusing on helping you understand more about benefits for 16-19 year olds. It's a complex area of the benefits system.

While your child is under 16, they are automatically treated as your dependent and you can claim benefits like Child Benefit or Child Tax Credit for them as part of your family.

However, the situation becomes more complex when they turn 16, and how long you can continue claiming benefits for your son or daughter as a dependent will depend on whether they remain in full time non advanced education or approved training.

Universal Credit

In addition, some disabled young people can claim Universal Credit in their own right once they turn 16. This means that any benefits or tax credits you get for them as a dependent child will stop - so you'll need to consider whether this would leave you better or worse off. 

Personal Independence Payment

Alongside this, most disabled children on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are invited to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) shortly after they are 16 (18 for children in Scotland born on or after 1st September).

Not surprisingly, many of you are confused about what is involved in moving onto this new benefit.

We're here to help!

It's important to understand what you and your child are entitled to at this time, and if this is something that you need advice on we're here to help:

  • Facebook Q&A session on Thursday 13th August, between 10-12: Join us on Facebook and post  your questions about benefits for your 16-19 year old son or daughter to our Family Finance team of parent advisers - and receive a written answer there and then.
  • Webinar on Wednesday 19th August for families living in Scotland, 10:30 - 11:30am: Different rules apply in Scotland compared to the rest of the UK when it comes to benefits for young disabled people. So this free webinar at 10:30 will focus on advice for parents in Scotland with a disabled child who is either approaching 16 or who is already aged 16-19. You'll need to register for the session at any time up until it starts.
  • Webinar on Thursday 20th August, for families living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, from 10:30-11:30am: Tune in to this free webinar for a complete and simple overview of how benefits work for this age group - from the process involved in moving from DLA to PIP at age 16, benefits you can continue claiming like tax credits and child benefits to what happens if a young person is able to claim Universal Credit in their own right as a disabled adult. Please register for the session before it starts.

There are limited places for these two webinars so we'd encourage you to register now to guarantee your place.

Can't make any of these advice sessions?

The webinars will be recorded so if you're unable to join us on the day, you can watch it on Contact's YouTube page. And you'll be able to see the questions and answers on our Facebook page. We will post a link to the Q&A thread when the session ends.

Related information

Check out our web pages on benefits and financial support

Take a look at our Common Question Tool which answers some of your most common questions about preparing for adult life and Personal Independent Payment and other benefits at 16.