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Christie HardingMar 26, 2024 6:39:16 AM2 min read

What does the spring budget mean to me as a parent?

Child benefits

On 6th March 2024, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt announced the budget for the year ahead. Within this statement he marked a huge win for parents in the high-income tax bracket.

As it stood, if one parent earned between £50,000 and £60,000, they would have to pay the high-income child benefit charge of 1% per £100 of income within that range if they claimed child benefit and once the parent hit £60,000, the charge would be 100%, effectively meaning they didn’t receive any child benefits.

This has long been branded as unfair since the threshold change in 2013, as if both parents in a household earned a combined income of £99,000 a year, at £49,500 each, they would be able to claim child benefits with no charge, whereas a single parent on £60,000 would receive nothing.

In his statement, Mr. Hunt announced that the system is to move to a household-based system by April 2026, however, in the immediate, from April 2024, the threshold for the charge would rise from £50,000 to £60,000 and the top of the taper where child benefit is withdrawn altogether would increase to £80,000 from £60,000.

What could this mean to me?

This means that if you earn between £50,000 to £60,000 you will no longer have to pay the charge and if you earn between £60,000 and £80,000 you will be entitled to claim child benefits if you wish.

Child benefit currently stands at £24 per week for an only child, or the eldest child with any following children being £15.90 per week, per child. For a family with one child, this is £1,248 per year or for a family with three children for example, this equates to £2,901.60 per year.

From 6th April 2024, the child benefit amount is increasing to £25.50 for an only or eldest child with additional children being £16.95 each. This takes the totals to £1331,20 for a single child household and £2,894 for a family with three children.

How many people will this impact?

The government are estimating that this change will result in around 485,000 families gaining an average of £1,260 in child benefit in the 2024/25 tax year.

Education provisions

Mr. Hunt further announced an initial £105m over the next four years to fund 15 new free schools specialising in special educational needs in order to create additional high-quality places and to increase choice for parents. The location of these provisions in not yet know but will be announced in May.

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