What is the Guardian's Allowance?
You could get Guardian’s Allowance if you’re bringing up a child whose parents have died.
Depending on the circumstances, you could also be eligible if there is one surviving parent.
Am I eligible?
To get Guardian’s Allowance all of the following must apply:
- you’re bringing up someone else’s child
- the child’s parents are dead (see conditions for one surviving parent below)
- you qualify for Child Benefit
- one of the parents was born in the UK (or was living in the UK since the age of 16 for at least 52 weeks in any 2-year period)
If there is a surviving parent you may be able to apply if:
- you don’t know where the surviving parent is
- the parents were divorced or their civil partnership had dissolved, the surviving parent doesn’t have custody and isn’t maintaining the child and there isn’t a court order in place saying they should
- the parents weren’t married, the mother has died and the father is unknown
- the surviving parent will be in prison for at least 2 years from the date of death of the other parent
- the surviving parent is in a hospital by court order
How do I claim?
To avoid losing money, claim Guardian’s Allowance as soon as the child comes to live with you. You can download an application by visiting the website shown.