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

Your next payment will usually be 4 weeks after your last payment - or early if it’s 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 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).

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.

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.

Northern Ireland payment delays

If you live in Northern Ireland and your payment is due on 29 or 30 December 2014, you’ll be paid on 31 December 2014.

You’ll be paid on your normal due date over the Christmas period if you’re in England, Wales or Scotland.

Local holidays in Scotland

Your payment might be delayed because of local holidays if you live in the following places:

  • Edinburgh - local holiday on 15 September
  • Glasgow - local holiday on 29 September
  • Dundee - local holiday on 6 October

Contact your bank for more information.