Child Benefit Payment Dates 2023

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

The annual amount of Child Benefit per child is €1680.

Child Benefit is paid out on the first Tuesday of every month.

The Children’s Allowance was NOT increased in the 2023 Budget – Instead, the children’s component of all welfare benefits such as Jobseekers etc was increased by €2 a week from Jan 2023- but not the monthly Children’s allowance.

Double Children’s Allowance Noember 2022.

To help with the increases in the cost of living – it was announced in Budget 2023 that there would be a double payment of the children’s allowance in November 2022. So that was paid out on Tuesday Nov 1st .
There was not a double Child Benefit payment in December – it is not included in the Christmas Bonus scheme

Early Payment of Child Benefit after Bank Holidays

When the Monday prior to the children’s allowance payment day is a Bank Holiday – the Child Benefit is sometimes paid early into some bank accounts. (It is often paid on the Saturday or Friday before.) But this is not always guaranteed. This happens in January, February, May and June in 2023.

See a List of 2023 Bank Holidays in Ireland

Children’s Allowance Payment Dates 2023

  • Tuesday 3rd January 2023 (Bank Holiday on Mon 2nd – so it could be paid early)
  • Tuesday 7th February 2023 (This is after a new Bank Holiday – so it will probably be paid the previous Friday)
  • Tuesday 7th March 2023
  • Tuesday 4th April 2023
  • Tuesday 2nd May 2023 (This is after a Bank Holiday – so it will probably be paid the previous Friday)
  • Tuesday 6th June 2023 (This is after a Bank Holiday – so it will probably be paid the previous Friday)
  • Tuesday 4th July 2023
  • Tuesday 1st August 2023
  • Tuesday 5th September 2023
  • Tuesday 3rd October 2023
  • Tuesday, November 7th 2023
  • Tuesday December 5th 2023

Budgeting Tips

It can be useful to see at a glance 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 February and March 2023- this results in a five-week gap between the child allowance payments.
A useful tip is to work out the weekly amount of child benefit and try only to spend that amount each week.

Tip – to work out the weekly amount, 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, you hopefully won’t suddenly be short when the payment date is the 6th or 7th of the month.

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