Children’s Allowance Payment Dates 2020

Children’s Allowance or Child Benefit in Ireland is currently €140 per month for each child. (2020)

It is paid on the first Tuesday of every month.


Sometimes it might be paid early into bank accounts when the Monday in the same week is a Bank Holiday. (Often on the Saturday or Friday before.) But this is not guaranteed.

See a List of 2020 Bank Holidays in Ireland Here


Children’s Allowance Payment Dates 2020

  • Tuesday 7th January 2020
  • Tuesday 4th February 2020
  • Tuesday 3rd March 2020
  • Tuesday 7th April 2020
  • Tuesday 5th May 2020
  • Tuesday 2nd June 2020
  • Tuesday 7th July 2020
  • Tuesday 4th August 2020
  • Tuesday 1st September 2020
  • Tuesday 6th October 2020
  • Tuesday 3rd November 2020
  • Tuesday 1st December 2020
  • Tuesday 5th January 2021

Budgeting Tips

It can be useful to see at a glance on what date the first Tuesday of the month falls . For some families, a 5 week wait between payments can make a big difference to their budgeting for that month.
It’s best to be prepared – for the worst-case scenario:-

When the first Tuesday falls on the 7th as it does in January 2020 , April 2020 and July 2020 – this means a five week gap between payments.

Tuesday January 7th 2020 is a bad one, right after Christmas when money might be tight for many families. Hopefully the Christmas Bonus will help the less well off cope.

Maybe a good idea is to work out the weekly amount of child benefit and try to only spend that amount each week.

Tip – Don’t just divide the monthly amount by 4 .
The correct way to convert a monthly payment to a weekly amount is to multiply it by 12 and then divide by 52.

So the weekly amount of Childrens Allowance Benefit per child is :-

  • 1 child = €32.30
  • 2 children = €64.60 ;
  • 3 children = €96.90 ,
  • 4 children = €129.20

If you can manage to spend only this amount of the Childrens Allowance per child each week then you hopefully won’t suddenly be short when the payment date is the 6th or the 7th of the month.


See some Money Saving Tips here

8 thoughts on “Children’s Allowance Payment Dates 2020

  1. Should you update your information, to reflect the increase in child benefit payment for 2020?

    https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2f07a3-budget-2020/

    e2 increase per child from January 2020.

    Thank you for all the information you provide on your site. Whingers like Anett/Trisha are not sick enough to prevent them from coming on your site with their dopey moaning. Can you imagine dealing with these people if you worked in the social welfare office. You;d be sick of them in no time. Where’s my money? Entitlement junkies.

  2. How much is a joke…. Im waiting for my illness benefit for 2 years now.
    And 140 for a child is nothing. And there are countires where u get 80% of minimal wage till child reach age 3 then nursery is free of charge not 1300 monthly and so on. So yes This country is a joke.

    • Anett – please tell us which countries are paying childrens allowance of 80% of the minimum wage ?
      People on welfare benefits get extra amounts in their welfare for children n Ireland on top of the Childrens Allowance of €140.

  3. Omg you say this country is a joke, there are alot of countries that dont pay child benefit let alone pay the amount that’s paid per child regardless of your monetary status.

  4. Will I get child benefit paid 31 December 2019 in post office will it be there

      • because maybe people need it ?could have been paid a week earlier like jobseekers got a double payment whereas I am still waiting for my illness benefit country is a joke .

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