Basic amount of social assistance

The basic amount is a fixed sum of money needed to meet the essential costs of daily living (such as food and clothing). A separate basic amount is calculated for each family member.

In 2019, the basic amount of social assistance for persons living alone is EUR 497.29 per month. See the table for information about how it is calculated for persons who are not living alone.

  Basic amount, € per month
Basic amount in 2019
Persons living alone, no dependent children 497.29
Persons over 18 sharing a household (85% of the basic amount for persons living alone) 422.70
Single parents (basic amount for persons living alone + 10%) 547.02
Persons aged 18 or over living with their parent(s) (73% of the basic amount for persons living alone) 363.02

children aged 10-17 years

  • oldest sibling (70% of the basic amount for persons living alone)
  • second oldest sibling (65% of the basic amount for persons living alone)
  • third oldest sibling and all other children, each (60% of the basic amount for persons living alone)

 

348.10

323.24

298,37

Children under 10 years of age

  • oldest sibling (63% of the basic amount for persons living alone)
  • second oldest sibling (58% of the basic amount for persons living alone)
  • third oldest sibling and all other children, each (53% of the basic amount for persons living alone)

 

313.29

288.43

263.56

 

The rates of the basic amount are set in the Social Assistance Act. They are adjusted yearly to changes in the national pensions index.

 

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