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.

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