Universal Credit

Child Element

  • This is paid for each child or qualifying young person who normally lives with you.
  • A child is anyone up to the age of 16. A “qualifying young person” is anyone who is between 16-19 years old and they are in full-time non-advanced education. Non-advanced education means school or college, not university.
  • You will not normally receive this element for more than 2 children if the third or later children were born after 6 April 2017. You might still get it if: Your third child is disabled and gets DLA or PIP or is blind, you have multiple births (for example, twins), you have adopted another child from the UK, you are caring for someone’s child, you have a child from a pregnancy that was from rape or controlling relationship, or you are responsible for a child under 16 who has their own child and they both live with you.

Does your child have a disability?

You can get extra money if your child is disabled. There are 2 rates of Disability Elements for children. You will get either:

  • The Disabled Child Addition lower rate: You can get this if any child/young person who normally lives with you is disabled and gets any rate of DLA or PIP. You will get this for each child who is disabled. It doesn't matter how many children you have.
  • The Severely Disabled Child Addition higher rate: You can get this for each child/young person who normally lives with you and gets the highest rate of the DLA Care Component or the advanced rate of the PIP Daily Living Component or is registered as severely sight impaired or blind.

Child Element

Amount per month

First child or qualifying young person


Second and each subsequent child or qualifying young person


Disabled Child Addition

Amount per month

Lower Rate


Higher Rate


Date modified: September 22 2021 | Date created: March 05 2020

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