HMRC issues advice on what NOT to do amid Child Benefit payment delays

HMRC has issued a 'don't call' warning to Child Benefit recipients after hundreds of thousands complained they were missing payments today. The government department has come under fire after around 500,000 Child Benefit payments were missing from bank accounts on Monday morning (June 4).

It has meant that some mums and dads have not had money to pay bills, get their children to school or to feed them. Some have been forced into their overdraft. It is understood around 30 per cent of those expecting Child Benefit today have not received the payment.

Many have since been told that the payments should arrive by midnight and HMRC has urged people not to get in touch while it "urgently" tries to fix the problem.

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis advised: "It request people DON'T call right now about this (it won't help till they sort. We'll update when we hear more)."

One concerned parent commented: "Child Benefit hasn't gone in. Seeing some kids unable to get to school because of no bus fare and others with no money for food. Miss that one tiny payment and we're all f***ed. That's how poor they keep us."

Another parent said: "Can we at least be informed when child benefit will be paid for the ones now in overdraft due to bills!"

Another frustrated parent posted: "@HMRCgovuk What an absolute disgrace You have had since Friday to solve this child benefit payment issue, but everyone kept getting the same generic message to wait till today. Millions of kids off school and not fed today due to your incompetence!"

One more added: "@HMRCgovuk You've been well aware of the child benefit issue since Friday afternoon when people who normally receive it early didn't and all you could advise was to wait. Well, we've waited, and funnily enough, you haven't paid it is the issue! This is a cock up of massive proportions.."

The benefit, claimed by over seven million households across the UK, is typically paid every four weeks on a Monday or Tuesday. Families with one child receive £1,331 annually, and they can also receive an additional £881 per year for each subsequent child.

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