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On 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union (EU) with a withdrawal agreement. The transition period agreed in the withdrawal agreement ended on 31 December 2020. A Trade and Cooperation Agreement has been concluded between the European Union and the United Kingdom, which entered into force provisionally on 1 January 2021. However, the area of family benefits, which includes child benefit, has been excluded from the agreement and the protocol on social security.
The rights of EU citizens and British citizens who already had a connection to a member state of the European Union and the United Kingdom at the end of the transitional period ("old cases") are basically protected by the withdrawal agreement.
The Trade and Cooperation Agreement regulates the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom and is therefore relevant for cases in which the relationship between the United Kingdom and a member state does not arise until 1 January 2021 ("new applications").
The FAQs below apply from 1 January 2021.
The statements below relate to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In order to keep the answers as brief as possible, the terms "United Kingdom", "British" or "British" are used in the following.
Please note that the answers are for your general information only and cannot be exhaustive of all provisions.
Further information on child benefit
If you have any questions about child benefit, please contact the Family Benefits Office on the following number:
0800 4 555530
Further information on child benefit and child supplement can also be found under Family and children.