Child Benefit is usually paid every 4 weeks on a Monday or Tuesday - it’s normally paid early if the payment date is a bank holiday.
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.
|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|
Your payment won’t be early if the bank holiday is in Scotland or Northern Ireland only.
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.