Child Benefit: Who’s entitled to it and how do you get it?
Your questions on Child Benefit answered
What is Child Benefit?
Child benefit is a payment that can be claimed by parents or guardians of children under 16 years old, or under 18 years old if the child is in full-time education, Youthreach, or has a disability. All parents and guardians of children are entitled to it, so make sure to claim it!
How much is it?
Currently, Child Benefit is €135 monthly per child, but it will go up to €140 monthly in January 2016. If you have twins, it’s paid at one and a half times the normal rate.
Great! How do I apply for it?
If your baby is born in Ireland, the Department of Social Protection will begin the Child Benefit claim automatically on your behalf, once you register the birth of your baby. The child benefit section will send you a form to fill out, with all the instructions you need on it. You’ll then be able to pick it up at your local post office every month.
I'm already receiving child maintanence or jobseeker's allowance, can I still claim child benefit?
Absolutely! You can claim child benefit, no matter what other sources of income you have.
What else should I know?
One more thing! It’s really important that you write to the Department of Social Protection to let them know if there are any of the following changes in your circumstances:
- You change address
- Your child is no longer in your care
- You’ve changed post office or bank
- You or your child leaves the country