Ask CPAG Online - the two-child limit

From 6 April 2017, you may not get a child element included in your universal credit or child tax credit for a third or subsequent child in your family. This also applies to personal allowances for children included in your housing benefit and (where they still include amounts for your children) income support and income-based jobseeker’s allowance. This restriction of child amounts to a maximum of two children is known as the ‘two-child limit’.

In general, the two child limit applies regarding a third or subsequent child who is born (or otherwise joins your family) on or after 6 April 2017.

‘Children’ here include all those aged under 16, and those between 16 and 19 inclusive who are in education or training (usually this means that they are at school or college). If you are already getting amounts for a third or subsequent child included, they will continue to be paid for that child whilst your claim continues.

Where the two-child limit would apply to a child, amounts will still be included for them if an exception to the limit applies – for example, where the child is adopted or was born following a rape.

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