Parents are being urged to claim Child Benefit even if they have not yet been able to register the birth of their new-borns to ensure they don’t miss out.
Normally, to claim Child Benefit, parents must first register their child’s birth. However, HMRC announced in April that During the pandemic parents could claim Child Benefit without having to register their child’s birth first.
First time parents will need to fill in Child Benefit claim form CH2 and send it to the Child Benefit Office. If they haven’t registered the birth because of COVID-19, they should add a note with their claim.
If parents already claim Child Benefit, they can complete the form or add their new-born’s details over the telephone on 0300 200 3100. They will need their National Insurance number or Child Benefit number.
Child Benefit claims can only be backdated by up to three months, so it is important that new parents claim as soon as they can to receive the maximum support available. They should then make an appointment to register the birth of their new-borns as soon as they can, so that HMRC can verify their claim.