Reply To: Change in Council Tax Liability – Late notified change


I think the Child Benefit scenario is actually more straightforward, because the birth of the child and subsequent payment of Child Benefit are easily identified as separate events. If a claimant telephones you from the labour ward to say she has had a child, that’s £50-odd on the applicable amount for starters. Later on, Child Benefit will come through and that’s a further change of circumstance.

Child Benefit doesn’t flow automatically from the birth of a child – the person needs to claim it. Having a child means that they will probably qualify for Child Benefit, but it’s still a separate event.