No. However, in certain special circumstances – such as taking a child under 12 on a holiday – you will be subject to the child-sickness and welfare tax credit. As it covers only those under 12, it is only for that age.
Can I claim this if I claim a tax allowance?
Yes. However, the allowance cannot be greater than the value of the benefit. You will need to find out what the value of that benefit is. Generally, this will be £1,000.
How can I claim this if I am sick?
If you claim an income-related sickness benefit, you can use the following rules:
You can only take an income-related sickness benefit if the amount is greater than £10,000. In this situation, it helps to have an income of £15,000 to £20,000.
You can only claim sickness benefit in certain circumstances. Examples include, where the sickness is the result of an accident (the “sick-and-derelict” principle), when the claimant has taken an income-related sickness-related allowance, or it is considered reasonable for you to take a lump sum (the “sick-only” principle).
You can only claim sickness benefit if you were under 18 when the sickness arose.
If a claimant is under 18 when they receive an income-related sick-benefit, they may want to use the sick-benefit rules for adults with the following exception:
A claimant will need to be at least 18 to claim in that example
How can I claim this if I am under 18?
If you are under 18 and you were sick and drowsy, and you are a student it may be a good idea to use the sick-only rules. However, if you are living at home and you are studying full-time you will need to pay the full cost of the sickness-only benefit (see Students).
However, you can claim sickness benefit as though you are a student and you are not eligible to claim sickness-only. For example, you might be able to claim sickness benefit even if you are in work. You could also be able to claim if you are studying full-time and you receive a full allowance.
The benefit will not be paid by the Student’s Scheme.
What is the “sick-only” rule?
If this can be claimed for a sick person,
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