State pension: Grandparents who looked after their grandchildren last year could receive a boost worth £ 2,340


Family members who provided childcare, in person or remotely, during the Covid-19 pandemic can apply for National Insurance (NI) credits to increase their state pension.

Grandparents and other family members who were caring for a child under 12 are eligible for these credits, which were introduced in April of this year.

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However, even though family members have offered care in a different way – whether through social distancing, video calls, or phone calls – they can claim NI credits for exercise. 2019, 2020 and 2021, reports daily recording.

The specified adult child care credits work by transferring the NI credit attached to family allowance from the child benefit recipient to a family member caring for a child under 12 or 17 years of age. he is handicapped.

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If no one has applied for family allowance for the child, there is no NI credit to transfer and adult-specific care credits cannot be granted.

Kay Ingram, former director of public policy at the national financial planning group LEBC, explains: “Each loan currently purchases £ 250 of annual state pension, payable for life from state retirement age.

“Those caregivers who do not pay national insurance themselves can apply for these valuable supplements to their state pension.”

Ms Ingram added: “HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) believes this benefit is underclaimed and therefore many eligible people are missing.

“Those who provided child care in the early years can backdate their application to when the program started, which was in 2011. That could mean claiming up to nine years of credits, representative. currently £ 2,340 of annual state pension.

“Many older women have less than 35 years of NI credits in their own working lives, which contributes to the gender pension gap, which means those who support the younger generations by offering them free child care can improve their retirement prospects. “

Who can claim specified adult child care credits?

You can claim specified adult child care credits if:

The child’s parent (or primary caregiver) must accept your request by countersigning the form to confirm that:

When to apply

The specified adult child care credits may be granted retrospectively, until April 6, 2011 at the earliest.

Applications for a given tax year cannot be accepted until the following October at the earliest, which means that for the tax year 2020 to 2021, applications will be open in October 2021 and for 2021 to 2022, in October 2022.

If you have provided babysitting services it is essential that you take note of when and how you did so, this will help make the application process much simpler and faster.

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How to register

To claim specified adult child care credits, you will need to complete a interactive online application form.

The application requires:

  • personal data of the applicant – the family member caring for the child

  • the child’s contact details and custody periods

  • personal data of the child’s parent (or the person who mainly cares for him) – the beneficiary of family allowances

  • both the applicant and the parent must sign their declarations on the application

For details on specified adult child care credits and to apply for NI credits, visit GOV.UK website here.


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