Amount and payment

The disability allowance for persons under 16 years is payable at three different rates, according the child’s greater need of care, attention and rehabilitation. The child’s overall situation is always considered when determining the amount of the allowance. 

Disability allowance at the basic rate

The disability allowance at the basic rate is EUR 92.14 per month.

The allowance is available if

  • the child has weekly need of care due to illness or disability.

Examples

Disability allowance at the basic rate is available for:

  • child aged under 5 years with asthma that is treated with continuous medication for at least six months.
  • child aged over 5 years who despite active treatment wets his or her bed several times per week for at least six months.
  • child with severe grain or milk allergy.

Disability allowance at the middle rate

The disability allowance at the middle rate is EUR 215 per month.

The allowance is available if

  • the child has need of demanding or daily time-consuming care due to illness or disability.

Examples

Disability allowance at the middle rate is available for

  • child with diabetes treated with insulin.
  • child with developmental disorder whose disability is so severe that there is a need for daily, time-consuming assistance and guidance with activities of daily living as well as rehabilitation.

Disability allowance at the highest rate

The disability allowance at the highest rate is EUR 416.91 per month.

The allowance is available if

  • the child has need of care around the clock due to illness or disability.

Examples

Disability allowance at the highest rate is available for

  • child with severe hearing or vision loss.
  • severely autistic child who needs continuous supervision and guidance.

Special expenses

If the child is entitled to disability allowance at the basic rate and the illness or disability also causes special expenses, disability allowance at the middle rate may be awarded instead of disability allowance at the basic rate.

The special expenses must each month amount to at least the disability allowance at the middle rate. Special expenses include for instance costs for medical care and medication.

Payment

The disability allowance is payable on the 7th day of the month. If banks are not open on the payment date, Kela will make the payments on the immediately preceding business day.

The disability allowance is tax-free income.

The effect of other benefits and income

The incomes and assets of the parents and the child do not affect the eligibility for disability allowance for persons under 16 years.

If the child receives care allowance or supplementary handicap benefit under the employment accident and motor insurance laws on the basis of the same illness or disability, the benefit will be deducted from the disability allowance.

The same applies to corresponding benefits from abroad payable on the basis of the same illness or disability, since they will be deducted from the disability allowance.

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