Child Benefit
Child Benefit Rates

Rate per month 
1st and 2nd child 
�166.00

3rd and subsequent children 
�203.00

Multiple Births Special Grant Rates
Multiple births 
Rate of Payment 
Birth 
�635.00

At age 4 
�635.00

At age 12 
�635.00

Twins � Child Benefit is paid at one and a half times (150%) the
normal monthly rate for each child.
All other multiple births � Double the normal monthly rate of Child
Benefit is paid.
Note:
Children over 18 � Child Benefit is paid at half the normal rate
(50%) for each qualified child aged 18 from
January 2009.
Where Child Benefit is paid at a half rate, a special additional payment of �15 is also paid for any week (or part of a week) for those receiving:

a social welfare payment which includes an increase for the 18 year old child, or

a family income supplement payment which includes payment for that child.
This special additional payment is also paid for any week (or part of a week) during which the child in question is receiving a Disability Allowance payment in his/her own right.
For twins, the special additional payment is paid at one and a half times the normal weekly rate and will be �22.50 for each twin and for all other multiple births it is paid at twice the normal weekly rate and will be �30 for each child.
Only one such special additional payment is paid for the same child.
Early Childcare Supplement
Early Childcare supplement Rates

Rate per month from January 2009 
Rate for each child (aged up to 51/2 years) 
�92

Early Childcare Supplement is a payment to assist with childcare costs of children under 51/2 years. Payment is made automatically if Child Benefit is being paid for a child under 51/2 years. The payments are made in arrears, so the payment for January 2009 will be made in February and so on, the last Early Childcare Supplement payment will be made in the month following that in which the child reaches 51/2years.
Maternity/Adoptive Benefit
Maternity Benefit Rates from 29 December 2008
Adoptive Benefit Rates from 29 December 2008

Rate per week 
Maximum rate 
�280.00

Minimum rate 
�230.30

The rate payable is 80% of your earnings in the relevant tax year subject to a reckonable earnings ceiling.
Health & Safety Benefit
Health & Safety Benefit from 29 December 2008

Rate per week 
Personal Rate 
�204.30

Additonal Increases
Increases 
Rate per week 
Increase for Qualified Adult 
�135.60

Each qualified child 



Note 1*:
You can get an increase of �26.00 for each qualified child if you qualify for an increase for a qualified adult or if you are parenting alone. If you do not qualify for an increase for a qualified adult, you may get a halfrate qualified child increase, if your spouse or partner has income of �400 or less per week.
Health & Safety Benefit rates are graduated according to earnings in the relevant tax year. The earnings bands from 5 January 2009 are as follows:
Average weekly earnings 
Personal rate 
Increase for Qualified Adult 
Less than �150.00 
�91.80 
�87.90

�150.00 and less than �220.00 
�132.00 
�87.90

�220.00 and less than �300.00 
�160.10 
�87.90

�300.00 or more 
�204.30 
�135.60

Guardian's Payment Contributory
Guardian�s Payment (Contributory) from 2 January 2009

Rate per week 
Rate for orphan 
�176.50

Guardian's Payment (NonContributory)
Guardian�s Payment (NonContributory) from 2 January 2009
Weekly means, as assessed by us: 
Rate per week 
Up to �7.60 
�176.50

Over �7.60 and up to �10.10 
�174.00

Over �10.10 and up to �12.60 
�171.50

Over �12.60 and up to �15.10 
�169.00

Over �15.10 and up to �17.60 
�166.50

Over �17.60 and up to �20.10 
�164.00

Over �20.10 and up to �22.60 
�161.50

Over �22.60 and up to �25.10 
�159.00

Over �25.10 and up to �27.60 
�156.50

Over �27.60 and up to �30.10 
�154.00

Over �30.10 and up to �32.60 
�151.50

Over �32.60 and up to �35.10 
�149.00

Over �35.10 and up to �37.60 
�146.50

Over �37.60 and up to �40.10 
�144.00

Over �40.10 and up to �42.60 
�141.50

Over �42.60 and up to �45.10 
�139.00

Over �45.10 and up to �47.60 
�136.50

Over �47.60 and up to �50.10 
�134.00

Over �50.10 and up to �52.60 
�131.50

Over �52.60 and up to �55.10 
�129.00

Over �55.10 and up to �57.60 
�126.50

Over �57.60 and up to �60.10 
�124.00

Over �60.10 and up to �62.60 
�121.50

Over �62.60 and up to �65.10 
�119.00

Over �65.10 and up to �67.60 
�116.50

Over �67.60 and up to �70.10 
�114.00

Over �70.10 and up to �72.60 
�111.50

Over �72.60 and up to �75.10 
�109.00

Over �75.10 and up to �77.60 
�106.50

Over �77.60 and up to �80.10 
�104.00

Over �80.10 and up to �82.60 
�101.50

Over �82.60 and up to �85.10 
�99.00

Over �85.10 and up to �87.60 
�96.50

Over �87.60 and up to �90.10 
�94.00

Over �90.10 and up to �92.60 
�91.50

Over �92.60 and up to �95.10 
�89.00

Over �95.10 and up to �97.60 
�86.50

Over �97.60 and up to �100.10 
�84.00

Over �100.10 and up to �102.60 
�81.50

Over �102.60 and up to �105.10 
�79.00

Over �105.10 and up to �107.60 
�76.50

Over �107.60 and up to �110.10 
�74.00

Over �110.10 and up to �112.60 
�71.50

Over �112.60 and up to �115.10 
�69.00

Over �115.10 and up to �117.60 
�66.50

Over �117.60 and up to �120.10 
�64.00

Over �120.10 and up to �122.60 
�61.50

Over �122.60 and up to �125.10 
�59.00

Over �125.10 and up to �127.60 
�56.50

Over �127.60 and up to �130.10 
�54.00

Over �130.10 and up to �132.60 
�51.50

Over �132.60 and up to �135.10 
�49.00

Over �135.10 and up to �137.60 
�46.50

Over �137.60 and up to �140.10 
�44.00

Over �140.10 and up to �142.60 
�41.50

Over �142.60 and up to �145.10 
�39.00

Over �145.10 and up to �147.60 
�36.50

Over �147.60 and up to �150.10 
�34.00

Over �150.10 and up to �152.60 
�31.50

Over �152.60 and up to �155.10 
�29.00

Over �155.10 and up to �157.60 
�26.50

Over �157.60 and up to �160.10 
�24.00

Over �160.10 and up to �162.60 
�21.50

Over �162.60 and up to �165.10 
�19.00

Over �165.10 and up to �167.60 
�16.50

Over �167.60 and up to �170.10 
�14.00

Over �170.10 and up to �172.60 
�11.50

Over �172.60 and up to �175.10 
�9.00

Over �175.10 and up to �177.60 
�6.50

Over �177.60 and up to �180.10 
�4.00

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is paid to parents whose income limits are at or below the following amounts:
Income limit for Couple
Couple with: 
Income limit 
1 child 
�560.00

2 children 
�586.00

3 children 
�612.00

4 children 

Income limit for Lone Parent
Lone Parent with: 
Income limit 
1 child 
�407.00

2 children 
�433.00

3 children 
�459.00

4 children 

*Note 2
Limit is increased by �26.00 for each additional child.
Rate of Payment  Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

Rate Payable 
Rate for each child aged 211 
�200.00

Rate for each child aged 1217 (**
See Note 3) 
�305.00

**Note 3
This is also paid for children aged 1822 if they are in fulltime education, for whom a qualified child increase is payable.
In 2009, where Child Benefit is paid at half the normal rate (50%) and that household also qualifies for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, an extra payment of �215 is paid, bringing the total payment for such an 18 year old child to �520.