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Income which does not affect basic social assistance
The following types of income do not affect basic social assistance:
- Earnings deduction
- A monthly earnings deduction of €150 is deducted each month from the earnings or self-employment income that you and your family members have. The deduction is made on an individual basis. The deducted amount is disregarded when calculating the amount of social assistance.
- Minor amounts of financial assistance
- The limits for minor amounts of financial assistance are €50 per month for persons living alone and €100 per month for families.
- Minor irregular income of a child
- The income of children under 18 years of age only affects basic social assistance to the extent that it exceeds the limit for a minor amount of income and it is regular in nature (such as survivor's pension payments). Earnings from a summer job that lasts less than 3 months, for example, do not affect the basic social assistance. A child’s income is taken into account up to the amount of the basic amount and other basic expenses calculated for the child.
- Certain social security benefits, including:
- maternity grant
- school transport subsidy
- disability allowance for children under 16 years of age
- disability allowance for persons aged 16 years or over
- care allowance for pensioners
- maintenance allowances related to rehabilitation and the rehabilitation allowance
- compensations for expenses related to unemployment benefits (e.g., travel and maintenance costs related to participation in employment promotion programmes)
- the supplementary amount of labour market subsidy and basic unemployment allowance
- the difference between the increased earnings-related amount and the earnings-related amount ofearnings-related unemployment allowances.
- Debt collection
- If your own income or the income of a family member is being garnished for debt collection purposes, only the amount left to you after the garnishment is taken into account. Any payments you are required to make under a debt collection plan is also deducted from your income when calculating your social assistance. Voluntary repayments of debt under collection do not count as expenses. Payments that represent restitution for a criminal offense (e.g. day fines) also do not count as expenses.
- Recovery of a social security benefit
- If Kela has overpaid you a benefit and is recovering it from you, the amount being recovered from ongoing benefit payments is not considered as income for purposes of basic social assistance.