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Income - based benefit

Income - based benefit

It is possible to apply for income-based benefit to cover various reasonable expenses: child’s hobbies and sports activities, expenses related to healthcare, rehabilitation, technical aids, accidents and other emergencies.

The determined amount of the benefit is based on the applicant’s and their family members’ net income in the previous month. It is possible to apply for the benefit to compensate justified expenses made in the previous and current month once a month at most and the minimum applied sum is €10. In case of a smaller sum, the expense documents need to be submitted together.

The maximum rate of the benefit: Adults can receive up to €250 and children up to €350 in income-based benefit in a calendar year if they are eligible for support.

The Social Department makes the final decision on the rate of the income-based social benefit after the assessment of the applicant and their family. The assessment criteria include documents required during the application process - documents about income and assets, including bank statements of all family members; property use agreements; expense documents and documents proving payment (invoices and receipts or bank statement) of the previous or current month reflecting the expenses for which the compensation has been requested; documents of housing costs and other documents as and if required. To apply for social benefits and in case of further questions, please contact the Social Department of the city district administration of your place of residence as registered in the population register.

The basis for determining the rate of income-based benefit is the income limit and the amount of money that is left for the person or family after covering the housing costs of their residence as recorded in the population register. The income limit is €360 for each family member (€720 for a family of two, €1080 for a family of three, etc.)

In order to calculate the amount of the benefit, the housing expenses of the current month (based on socially justified norms and the housing expense limits used for determination of the subsistence benefit) and the income limit €360 are deducted from the income. Based on mentioned calculations, if the applicant is left with a smaller amount of money than is required to cover justified expenses, the benefit is paid, taking into account the missing amount of justified expense and maximum rate of the benefit.

The family may be left with the smaller amount of funds for living than the income limit if the income of the family was smaller than the income limit already before needing assistance and even granting the full amount of justified expenses would not guarantee finances to the extent of the income limit.

 Examples:

  • If the income limit of the family of one is €360, income is €550, justified housing costs are €350 and the actual expense that the person requests to be compensated for is €80, the calculation process is as follows: 550 – 350 - 360 = - €160. The person is already left with less than €0 before covering the justified expense and so the full amount of the expense will be the amount of the benefit, i.e. €80.
  • The income of a family of two are composed of €650 from Maali and €600 from Mati, totalling €1250, justified housing expenses are €450 and the requested expense is €150. The calculation process is as follows: 1250 – 450 – 720 = €80. The family will be left with €80 for additional expenses after covering housing costs. As the requested expense was €150, the amount to be paid as benefit would be (150-80) €70.