Child Benefit Payment Dates 2020

Child Benefit in Ireland (Also known as Children’s Allowance) is €140 per month for each child.

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


Child Benefit Payment Dates 2020

  • Tuesday 3rd December 2019
  • 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

Budgeting Tip

It can be useful to see at a glance what date the first Tuesday of the month falls on . For some families, a 5 week wait for the payment can make a big difference to the 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 , April and July in 2020. This means a 5 week wait for payment.
January 7th 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.
April 7th will also

Try and keep some of the Child Benefit back from the previous month.
Maybe a good idea is to work out the weekly amount and try to only spend that amount each week. Don’t just divide the monthly amount by 4 . The correct way is to multiply by 12 and divide by 52.

So the weekly amount of Child 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 Child Benefit each week then you hopefully won’t suddenly be short when the payment date is the 6th or the 7th of the month.