A relevant child is:
If you have a relevant child and other qualified children over the age of 7 years you will be paid an increase for them also. If you have a relevant child an increase is paid for children under 18 years and between 18-22 years if they are in full-time education.
Recent changes to the eligibility criteria for the One Parent Family Payment scheme are contained below.
Extension of youngest child age in certain circumstances:
- Special provisions have been put in place for customers who are in receipt of the Domiciliary Care Allowance. In these cases, One-Parent Family Payment will remain in payment until the youngest child reaches 16 years or until Domiciliary Care Allowance ceases whichever is the sooner.
- A person who is recently bereaved (married, co-habiting and persons in a civil partnership) and is thus parenting alone but who doesn’t qualify for a Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partners Contributory Pension can claim one-parent family payment for up to two years from the date of death of the spouse, cohabitant or civil partner or until their youngest child reaches 18 years of age, whichever is earlier.
- If an OFP customer is in receipt of half rate Carer’s Allowance payment, OFP will continue to be paid until the youngest child reaches 16 years where a Carer’s Allowance is also in payment.
- OFP customers who are also in receipt of Blind Pension can retain both their OFP and their Blind Pension until the 16th birthday of their youngest child.