Child Benefit payment dates

1. When you get paid

Child Benefit is usually paid every 4 weeks on a Monday or Tuesday.

There are different payment dates if it’s due on a bank holiday.

You can get Child Benefit paid weekly if you’re a single parent or if you or your partner are getting certain benefits, such as Income Support.

Working out your next payment

You can work out when you’re next going to get Child Benefit by counting 4 weeks forward from your last payment. Don’t count forward if your payment was due on a bank holiday - the dates are different.

If you don’t know when you got your last payment, check your bank statement. The payment reference will begin with your 8-digit Child Benefit number and end with ‘CHB’.

Your first payment

Check your award notice to find out when your first payment is due. You can count forward 4 weeks from this date to work out when you’ll get it next.

You might not get your first payment for 12 weeks (it can be longer if you’ve just moved to the UK). It will be backdated for up to 3 months.

If you haven’t got your payment

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 about 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.