Overview

A beneficiary who is in receipt of Children’s Allowance is obliged to report any change of circumstances related to eligibility to the allowance to get the right amount of allowance.

What you'll get

The Children’s Allowance payment rate will be revised in line with the change in circumstance.

The payment for this allowance is issued every 13 weeks in advance.

Please click here for a Schedule of Benefits Rates.

You may make use of this online calculator to calculate the potential Children’s Allowance.

An application typically takes 4 weeks to be processed if all accompanying documentation meet the requirements.

Eligibility

One must inform the Department of Social Security about all changes in circumstances immediately, not least where:

  • A separation case is in process or finalised, whereby the Children’s Allowance entitlement will be assessed on the parent’s income with whom the children live
  • A change in care and custody of children, whereby the Children’s Allowance entitlement is paid to the parent having custody of the children. In certain instances, the grandparents become entitled to the Children’s Allowance entitlement if they have the care and custody of children and living in the same household
  • Joint custody, whereby each parent will receive 50% of the Children‘s Allowance entitlement

  • A change in marital status due to marriage, civil union or cohabitation, whereby the Children’s Allowance entitlement will be assessed on the declared income of both parents with effect from the date of change in status
  • A change in marital status due to the death of one of the parents, whereby the Children’s Allowance entitlement is re-assessed on the declared income of one parent with effect from the date of change in status
  • One of the parents stops working, whereby the Children’s Allowance entitlement will then be re-assessed on the declared income of one of the parents
  • A parent becomes entitled to social security benefits, whereby the Children’s Allowance entitlement will then be re-assessed in accordance to the social security benefits entitlement
  • The Children’s Allowance entitlement is awarded as a flat-rate and the declared income of both parents does not exceed the threshold as per year of assessment, the Children’s Allowance entitlement will then be re-assessed in accordance to declared income of both parents

Documentation required

General documentation:

  • If applying as a couple, a separate declaration with signatures of both parents is required.

    Click here to download this document

  • For Children’s Allowance Rate Review
    • Income of both parents of relevant year (2 years prior to current year eg. CA 2021 – Income 2019) from full-time and part-time employment both in Malta and / or abroad – include FS3s, Profit and Loss Accounts in case of self-employed, Memorandum of Articles in case of Directors
  • For change of status (depending on case)
    • Copies of ID Cards of parent/s or adoptive parent/s
    • Date of cohabitation / Marriage / Civil Union
    • Care and Custody document (including with whom minor/s is/are living and amount of maintenance, signed by both parents)
    • Care and Custody document (de facto) of minor/s (to be submitted whenever a single person is applying for Children’s Allowance or when a single person is applying for Children’s Allowance with a partner and not with the father of the minor)
    • Declaration or affidavit ( in case one of the parents refuses to sign the Care and Custody document) stating with whom minor/s is/are living and from which date Separation contract / court decree (depending on case) in case of separated parents

How to apply

Fill in and submit the application online (for period between 2nd January 2021 and 31st December 2021).
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