Child benefit

Frequently asked questions about Brexit and child benefit

  • I am receiving Dutch child benefit for my 14-year-old son who goes to school in the UK. I live in the Netherlands myself. What will Brexit mean for my child benefit?

    No deal

    You will still receive Dutch child benefit for your son for the two quarters after the Brexit date. After that, your child benefit will stop. The same applies for any child budget you may be receiving. If you receive childcare benefit, it will stop sooner, as it is a monthly payment. Of course, regardless of Brexit, your child benefit and, if applicable, child budget/childcare benefit will always stop if you no longer meet the qualifying conditions.

    Deal

    Your child benefit will continue as usual, as will your child budget and/or childcare benefit, if relevant. A transition period applies until 31 December 2020. EU rules will still be applicable during this period and therefore nothing will change until 31 December 2020. After the transition period, a transitional arrangement will come into force. The basic principle of the transitional arrangement is that existing entitlements will not change. Of course, regardless of Brexit, your child benefit will only be paid as long as you meet the qualifying conditions. This also applies for your child budget and/or childcare benefit, if relevant.

  • I live in the UK and receive Dutch child benefit for my child who also lives in the UK. What will Brexit mean for my child benefit?

    No deal

    • You will still receive Dutch child benefit for your child for the two quarters after the Brexit date. After that, your child benefit will stop. The same applies for any child budget you may be receiving. If you receive childcare benefit, it will stop sooner, as it is a monthly payment. Of course, regardless of Brexit, your child benefit and, if applicable, child budget/childcare benefit will always stop if you no longer meet the qualifying conditions.
    • If you carry out work in the public interest, you will continue to receive child benefit. This also applies for your child budget, if relevant.

    When are you considered to be working in the public interest?

    You work in the public interest if one of the following situations applies to you:

    • you work for the Dutch government or for a Dutch organsation which carries out government tasks
    • you work for a development cooperation organisation which has been recognised by the Dutch government
    • you work for an international organisation of which the Netherlands is a member, such as the United Nations
    • you have been commissioned by the Dutch government to carry out work and you are paid by the Dutch government

    Deal

    Your child benefit will continue as usual, as will your child budget and/or childcare benefit, if relevant. A transition period applies until 31 December 2020. EU rules will still be applicable during this period and therefore nothing will change until 31 December 2020. After the transition period, a transitional arrangement will come into force. The basic principle of the transitional arrangement is that existing entitlements will not change. Of course, regardless of Brexit, your child benefit will only be paid as long as you meet the qualifying conditions. This also applies for your child budget and/or childcare benefit, if relevant.