In what circumstances will I receive a reduction to my Child Benefit or Growth Package entitlement?
KidsLife will always notify you in the event that you’re going to receive a reduction in your Child Benefit entitlement. This can be for several reasons. Please contact your KidsLife customer adviser if you have any questions regarding the amount that you receive. You can alternatively view your online Growth Package or Child Benefit file via My KidsLife
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I receive my Growth Package or Child Benefit?
What happens after your entitlement to Child Benefit ceases?
The maximum age for Child Benefit and Growth Package entitlement is 25 years. From the age of 18 upwards, you must satisfy certain criteria in order to retain your Child Benefit and Growth Package entitlement. No regular or automatic substitute applies once your entitlement to Child Benefit has ceased. If your child was entitled to a Care Allowance due to a specific support requirement, then they may be entitled to a Disability Allowance once their Child Benefit entitlement has ceased. Please note that this is not an automatic entitlement. It must be requested and the application subsequently investigated.
What’s the difference between the Growth Package and Child Benefit?
As per 01/01/2019, Child Benefit is known as the Growth Package in Flanders. The Growth Package contains many more allowances than the previous Child Benefit.
Thus, from 2019 onwards, you may also be entitled to a Childcare Allowance, Toddler Allowance and a Study Allowance, in addition to your basic Child Benefit.
If you earn less than a specific threshold amount, then you are still entitled to a supplementary allowance.
Additional allowances for children with a specific support need also remain available.
Each family automatically receives the allowances to which they’re entitled.
At what age does child benefit increase?
This entirely depends on the children’s place of residence:
The children live in Flanders
Children born prior to 01/01/2019 are entitled to an age supplement that increases at the ages of 6, 12 and 18 years. You can view how much their Child Benefit increases one month following their birthday here.
Children born after 01/01/2019 no longer receive an age supplement and instead receive a monthly fixed amount of 163.20 euros.
The children live in Brussels
Brussels children whose families have an annual income of more than 31,620 euros gross per year, receive the same amount at every age. This is 142.80 euros per month for Brussels children born prior to 2020, and 153 euros per month for Brussels children born after 2020.
If your family has a gross annual income of less than 31,620 euros per year, then you will receive increased Child Benefit at the ages of 12 and 18. Calculate the exact amounts for your personal situation here.
The children live in Wallonia
Children born prior to 01/01/2020 are entitled to an age supplement that increases at the ages of 6, 12 and 18 years. You can view how much their Child Benefit increases one month following their birthday here.
Children born after 01/01/2020 are not entitled to an age supplement. You will instead receive 158.10 euros per month from birth until the age of 18. Once Walloon children become adults, you receive an additional 10 euros: 168.10 euros per month.
Would you like to view your Child Benefit or Growth Package composition? Then take a look at My KidsLife, your online Child Benefit file at KidsLife
My old bank account number has been closed. How will I receive future payments?
If your bank account number has been closed, then please notify your KidsLife customer adviser immediately. We’ll ensure that no subsequent payments are made to this account. You can enter a new bank account number on your My KidsLife customer portal or on the 'Growth Package or Child Benefit bank account payment' form. If a payment has already been transferred to the closed bank account, then the amount will immediately be returned to the KidsLife bank account. We’ll subsequently delete your bank account number and repay the amount via a circular cheque that’s sent to your home address.