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.
To help with the increases in the cost of living – it was announced in Budget 2023 that there will be a double payment of the children’s allowance in November 2022.
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 – but not the monthly Children’s allowance.
Child Benefit is paid out on the first Tuesday of every month.
Early Payment of Child Allowance
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 November 2022.
See a List of Bank Holidays 2022 in Ireland Here
Children’s Allowance Payment Dates 2022
- Tuesday 4th January 2022 (Bank Holiday on Jan 3rd – so it could be paid Fri 31st Dec)
- Tuesday 1st February 2022
- Tuesday 1st March 2022
- Tuesday 5th April 2022
- Tuesday 3rd May 2022 (Bank Holiday on Monday)
- Tuesday 7th June 2022 (Bank Holiday on the Monday)
- Tuesday 5th July 2022
- Tuesday 2nd Aug 2022 (Bank Holiday on the Monday)
- Tuesday 6th September 2022
- Tuesday 4th October 2022
- Tuesday 1st November 2022 (Bank Holiday on Monday) Double PAYMENT
- Tuesday 6th December 2022
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 June 2022 and September 2022 and December 2022. 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.