Children’s Allowance or Child Benefit in Ireland is currently €140 per month for each child.
Child Benefit is paid out on the first Tuesday of every month.
The annual amount of Child Benefit per child is €1680.
The Child Benefit 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 Child Benefit.
Extra Child Benefit in June 2023
There was an extra child benefit payment of €100 per child in June 2023 as part of the government’s ongoing help with the increased cost of living.
There is never 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
Child Benefit Payment Dates 2023
- Tuesday 3rd January 2023 (Bank Holiday on Mon 2nd – so it could be paid early)
- Tuesday 7th February 2023
- 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 .. Plus an extra €100 per child.
- (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
It can be helpful to see at a glance what date the first Tuesday of the month falls . For some families, a 5-week wait between payments can significantly affect 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.