Children’s Allowance or Child Benefit in Ireland is currently €140 per month for each child. (2021)
The annual amount of Child Benefit per child is €1680.
Childrens’s Allowance was NOT increased in the October Budget – even though some websites announced that it was. Instead , the children’s component of some welfare benefits such as Jobseekers etc was increased by €5 a week – but not the monthly Children’s allowance. This increase is due to take place from Jan 1st 2021.
Child Benefit is paid out on the first Tuesday of every month.
Sometimes it is paid out early into some bank accounts in weeks where the Monday is a Bank Holiday. (It is often paid on the Saturday or Friday before.) But this is not always guaranteed.
See a List of 2020 and 2021 Bank Holidays in Ireland Here
Children’s Allowance Payment Dates 2021
- Tuesday 5th January 2021
- Tuesday 2nd February 2021
- Tuesday 2nd March 2021
- Tuesday 6th April 2021
- Tuesday 4th May 2021
- Tuesday 1st June 2021
- Tuesday 6th July 2021
- Tuesday 3rd August 2021 (Bank Holiday on 2nd)
- Tuesday 7th September 2021
- Tuesday 5th October 2021
- Tuesday 2nd November 2021
- Tuesday 7th December 2021
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 always best to be prepared.
When the first Tuesday of a month falls on the 6th or 7th, as it does in July and Sept 2021 , this results in a five-week gap between payments.
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.
The exact WEEKLY amount of Children’s Allowance 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 Children’s 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.