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, such as 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. Payments might be late for some bank holidays in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Due date Payment date
20 March 2017 21 March - Northern Ireland only
17 April 2017 13 April
1 May 2017 28 April
29 May 2017 26 May
7 August 2017 8 August - Scotland only
8 August 2017 9 August - Scotland only
28 August 2017 25 August
25 December 2017 21 December
26 December 2017 22 December
1 January 2018 29 December
2 January 2018 3 January - Scotland only

Local holidays in Scotland

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

  • Glasgow and Aberdeen - local holiday on 25 September
  • Edinburgh - local holiday on 18 September
  • Dundee - local holiday on 2 October

Contact your bank for more information.