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# Child Benefit

This year
2023
# Cost of Living
The government has announced a new cost-of-living package. Here's what's in it
The new cost-of-living measures were confirmed today.
A once-off €100 child benefit payment and a €200 lump sum for social welfare recipients will be paid out.
The State exam fees - for the Junior and Leaving Certificate - are again being waived.
The 9% VAT rate for hospitality and tourism will continue until 31 August.
Excise duty cuts on petrol and diesel to remain for now - but it will increase from June
Cost-of-living: Annual rate of inflation drops again slightly to 7.8%
Last year
2022
Voices
Dr Laura Bambrick: Why pay child benefit to wealthy parents?
The double Child Benefit payment has reopened a regular debate on whether we are wasting public money on wealthy parents, writes Dr Laura Bambrick.
# Cabinet
Social welfare supports of €141.4m provided to Ukrainians this year
Department of Social Protection spending is 1.4% higher than profiled for this year.
# Child Benefit
The double child benefit payment of €280 announced in the Budget is being paid today
The Child Benefit is a monthly payment of €140 to support parents and guardians.
# budget 2023
Double child benefit payment, welfare hikes and tax changes - here's what to expect in the Budget
Budget Day is just over six weeks away, but with inflation rising, it can’t come quick enough for many.
All time
# Welfare
Child benefit instalment unpaid for older teenagers due to delay with forms
Several families who expected to be given the payment this week have not received it.
# Fine Gael
Fine Gael distances itself from councillor's comments that child benefit can be a 'subsidy to have sex'
Cllr David McManus said he did not mean to cause offence by his comments.
# Jail
Man who fraudulently claimed over €225,000 in social welfare admits to falsely claiming a further €18,000
Leendert Stolk fraudulently used a school stamp while claiming child benefit for his two children between 2011 and 2018, a court heard today.
# Data Protection
Department seeks judicial review after watchdog rules child benefit data collection unlawful
It comes after an individual made a complaint about the repeated requests to provide information to claim child benefit.
# delayed payment
Problem over payment of child benefit to Irish parents 'resolved' following industry-wide banking issue
Customers with An Post, Ulster Bank and PTSB have been affected.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you support means testing the child benefit payment?
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said yesterday she supported the universality of the payment.
# Childcare Costs
Social Protection Minister rules out means testing child benefit payment
Regina Doherty acknowledged that there are issues with the childcare system in Ireland but argued that means testing is cumbersome.
# Childcare
Have kids? Here's what Budget 2018 means for parents
An increase to some child benefits, investment in the State’s free childcare scheme and more teachers are among the changes.
# recommended
Poll: Should parents who don't get vaccinations for their children have child benefit cut in half?
Less than half of eligible girls began the series of HPV jabs last September, far lower than the target of 80%.
# budget2017
Giving parents a tax credit for childcare would have cost nearly €600m
Finance Minister Michael Noonan said providing tax credits for paid child care would fail an equity test.
# U-turn
Child benefit will NOT be linked to school attendance
Leo Varadkar doesn’t think it would help.
Voices
The Debate Room: Should Child Benefit be linked to school attendance?
The plan to link Child Benefit to children’s school attendance records has come under much scrutiny this week.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you support child benefit being linked to school attendance?
A section of the draft programme for government includes a section proposing this.
# the heartland
Here's how families will be affected by the Budget
Child Benefit is up by a fiver and the Respite Care Grant has been restored.
# budget 2016
Here's everything we know about the Budget so far
The announcement is not until tomorrow but details are already emerging.
# The leaks so far
Your USC is being cut, but what else do we know about Budget 2016?
With a month to go, the Budget leaks have begun in earnest.
# parliamentary language
Joan slams social welfare fraudsters for 'giving two fingers to their neighbours'
Tens of millions of euro are overpaid each year.
# pay out
€10m in child benefit was paid to people not entitled to it
The Department of Social Protection says it aims to minimise risks of fraud and eliminate incorrect payments.
# kids and money
Some Leaving Cert students don't get Child Benefit - because of their age
This Senator thinks that should change.
# imf warning
Child benefit is 'staying as it is', regardless of what the IMF says
The Coalition is standing its ground.
# Savings
How much were fraudulent Child Benefit claims costing the country?
Around €130 million in the last two years.
# Nope
Here's the 'child benefit' tweet a Cork bar was forced to apologise over
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# thinking ahead
Child benefit could be increased by even more than a fiver in Budget 2016
A small increase in child benefit was announced as part of the Budget yesterday.
# budget 2015
Child Benefit: €5 extra per child, per month for parents
Brendan Howlin sprung the surprise increase this afternoon.
# Reform
Howlin wants to know what you think about public bodies sharing data
A public consultation process has been announced ahead of the publication of the Data-Sharing and Governance Bill.
# Jobseekers
'No evidence' that disproportionately high number of migrants receive social welfare
A new study has found that the number in receipt of these payments are just a little or below the number in the work force.
# Social Welfare
Here's what the social welfare budget paid for last year
Between pensions, jobseeker’s payments and allowances for children and carers, Joan Burton’s department spend €20.3 billion.
# Your Say
Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested?
It’s one of the few remaining universal payments, but should it depend on how much money the parents make?
Voices
Column: Our new tax code has created a 'hierarchy' of parenting
A recent change to child benefit is forcing separated parents into “primary” and a “secondary” roles.
# Austerity
Families have seen monthly disposable income drop by €300 since 2008
A family with one parent has also seen its tax bill jump by 125 as a result of austerity policies, according to a new report.
# Child Benefit
Replacing child benefit with school attendance payment 'would save €100m'
TD Denis Naughten has said the payment of €130 would remain intact but would be based on school attendance under his proposal which he said could also help reduce truancy.
# Budget 2014
Minister: No one wants to cut child benefit, but it can’t be ruled out
“Clearly no one wants to reduce child benefit, but there will be cuts and there will be adjustments,” Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes has said of the social welfare budget this evening.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Sunday
Everyone’s talking about water safety, Anglo emails and Irish sporting exploits.
# Budget 2014
'No discussion' on cutting Child Benefit in Budget 2014
Is there a row in the camp over the issue?