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Guardian’s Allowance You could get Guardian’s Allowance if you’re bringing up a child whose parents have died. You may also be eligible if there’s one surviving parent. The Guardian’s Allowance rate is £20.40 a week. You get it on top of Child Benefit and it’s tax-free. You must tell the Guardian’s Allowance Unit about certain changes to your circumstances. Effect on other benefits Guardian’s Allowance does not count as income if you’re claiming Tax Credits, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance. Guardian’s Allowance is not affected by the High Income Child Benefit charge. If you decide not to be paid Child Benefit your Guardian’s Allowance can continue. Guardian’s Allowance does not count towards the benefit cap. Eligibility 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) • 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 you adopt a child you may still get Guardian’s Allowance as long as

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