Changes To Child Benefit January 2012



I have four children. The last two are twins. What Child Benefit payment I will get in 2012?


Child Benefit is payable to the parents or guardians of children under 16 years of age. It is also payable where a child is under 18 years of age if the child is in full-time education, FÁS Youthreach training or has a disability. It was announced in Budget 2012 that the rates of payment of Child Benefit will be standardised for all children at €140 per child per month over the next two years.

Child Benefit stays at €140 per month for each of the first two children. From January 2012 the rate for the third child is reduced to €148 from €167 and for the fourth and each subsequent child to €160 from €177.

The additional monthly payment for twins and triplets continues. Child Benefit for twins is one and a half times the normal monthly rate for each child. In your case, since you have two children already, the twins are the third and fourth children in the family. Therefore the monthly payment for the twins is €222 (€148 x 1.5) and €240 (€160 x 1.5).

While the additional monthly payment for twins and triplets has been maintained, the grant of €635 paid at birth, at 4 years of age and at 12 years of age for these multiple births will no longer be paid.

The rates of Child Benefit payment for 2012 are as follows:

Number of children


1 child - €140

2 children - €280

3 children - €428

4 children - €588

5 children - €748

6 children - €908

7 children - €1,068

8 children - €1,228

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.

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