Child Benefit is usually paid every 4 weeks on a Monday or Tuesday.
You can get Child Benefit paid weekly if you’re a single parent or getting certain other benefits, eg Income Support.
Your award notice tells you the date of your first payment. It can take up to 12 weeks to process a new Child Benefit claim (or longer if you’re new to the UK).
Bank holiday payment dates
Your Child Benefit payment is usually paid early if it’s due on a bank holiday.
Your payment won’t be early if the bank holiday is in Scotland or Northern Ireland only.
|Due date||Payment date|
|17 March 2014 (St Patrick’s Day, Northern Ireland only)||18 March 2014|
|18 March 2014 (Northern Ireland only)||19 March 2014|
|21 April 2014 (Easter Monday)||17 April 2014|
|5 May 2014||2 May 2014|
|26 May 2014||23 May 2014|
Payment not received
Check your payment date and contact your bank before calling the Child Benefit office if a payment is late.
Your payments may have stopped because:
- you haven’t told the Child Benefit Office your bank has changed or your child’s education plans after they turn 16
- you haven’t replied to a letter from the Child Benefit Office
- your child now lives with someone else
- you’re no longer eligible to claim Child Benefit
Report changes of circumstances to make sure your payments are correct.