Child Trust Fund

Who is it for?
All children born since Sept 1st 2002

Who pays it?
HMRC – 0845 302 1470

Which leaflet? And how is it claimed?

What are the age limits?
All children born since Sept 1st 2002.

National Insurance based?

Means tested?
No – and an additional payment made to families on maximum rate of child tax credit and looked after children

How long does it last?
Paid as a voucher, and may be ‘topped-up’ by relatives. Not accessible by anyone until child reaches 18.

What is effect on other benefits?

Is it taxable?
No and proceeds are not taxable either

Increases for dependants?

Payable if in EU or other?
Trust Fund, once set up, can be accessed at 18 if client moves abroad

Points to watch
Parents who do not use their vouchers to set up a trust fund account within 52 weeks of issue will have account chosen for them by HMRC. Looked-after children get higher value voucher and an additional annual payment. Local authorities need to liaise with HMRC over locating where the child is living. Adoptive parents can apply to manage the account. Special rules about early access where a child is terminally ill. From April 2010, there will be additional yearly payments into the account for disabled children (getting DLA).

You can view details of benefit amounts on the Community Care Inform website

The A-Z of Benefits 2009 was compiled by Gary Vaux and Community Care Inform


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