Don’t lose out on child benefits

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TO ensure that they don’t lose child benefits, parents of teenagers in the Highlands and Islands, who are continuing in full time education, should contact HM Revenue and Customs.

HMRC’s Director of Benefits and Credits, Steve Lamey, said: “At this time of year, families decide whether a child will continue in education or training once they have seen their SQA results.

“If their child is staying on full-time, they need to let us know the full details as soon as possible so that their child benefit doesn’t stop on August 30.”

It is estimated that around 4,485 claims could be affected in the Highlands and Islands.

Parents of a child approaching 16 years of age receive a reminder and form in the post from HMRC, asking them to provide: details of the course and qualification; its start and end dates; and the name and address of the school or college.

Parents can also make the necessary changes online at www.hmrc.gov.uk/childbenefit/change-circs.htm or by phoning the Child Benefit Helpline on 0845 302 1444.