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Subsistence Minimum

Subsistence Minimum is an essential factor for providing support within the social security system of the Slovak Republic. Act No. 601/2003 Coll. on subsistence minimum and on amendment of certain acts as amended, defines subsistence minimum as a socially recognized minimum income threshold of a natural person. If the ones income is lower than this threshold, the situation is classified as material need.

The subsistence minimum for a natural person or natural persons whose income is assessed jointly, is considered:

  • EUR 198.09 per month, in the case of an adult natural person *
  • EUR 138.19 per month, in the case of another jointly assessed adult natural person*
  • EUR 90.42 per month, in the case of a independent minor or a dependent child*

These amounts are adjusted as of July 1 of the current calendar year. Adjusted amounts of the subsistence minimum are determined annually by the provision of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family and the full wording is usually published in the Journal of Laws.

Inclusion of incomes

To determine the income of a natural person for purposes of determining the subsistence minimum the following are included:

  • in the case of the assessed person – his/her income and the income of his/her spouse
  • in the case of parents with a dependent child – incomes of the parents and income of the dependent child which lives in a common household with the parents
  • in the case of parents, who are dependent children themselves – their incomes and incomes, received by another natural person on their behalf
  • in the case of a dependent child – his/her income and the income of his/her parents if they live in a common household; if the child lives in the household only with one parent, with a another natural person or alone, then the income of the child, parent and the income received by another natural person on behalf of the child
  • in the case of a minor- his/her income

The following are not considered incomes for the purpose of determining  the amount of the subsistence minimum:

  • lump-sum state social benefits
  • cash grants for persons with disabilities used to compensate social effects caused by their disability except nursing allowance
  • increase of helplessness allowance
  • lump-sum material need benefit
  • scholarships
  • lump-sum allowance under the Law on payment of lump-sum allowance disbursement to pensioners in 2004
  • meal allowance under the Act No. 305/2005 Coll. on Social Protection of Children and        Social Guardianship
  • social reintegration benefit under the Act No. 305/2005 Coll. on Social Protection of Children and Social Guardianship
  • Christmas benefit

 

Last update of the text: July 14, 2014

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