Renfrewshire Council

Two child limit within Universal Credit, Tax Credits and Housing Benefit

Entitlement to the child element of Child Tax Credits (CTC) and Universal Credit (UC) will be limited to a maximum of two children in each household. For CTC, the limit will only apply to third or subsequent children born after 6 April 2017.  For UC, the limit will apply to all new claims made after April 2017, unless a child element was payable for that child within the last six months.

There will be exceptions to these Regulations, although as yet these have not been published as the Department for Work and Pensions are formalising their policy.

Within Housing Benefit, all new claims will be restricted to support no more than 2 children on or after 6 April 2017. For existing Housing Benefit claims, support will be restricted when a new child or young person becomes part of the family on or after 6 April 2017 and are not included in the claimant's CTC assessment.

From 6 April 2017, new claimants for UC with three or more children/young people will not be able to claim UC in the majority of cases. Instead they will be directed to legacy benefits (including Housing Benefit where appropriate).  It is anticipated that this will be the case until November 2018.