Who is entitled to social allowances?

In short: everyone. The situation is different to how it used to be with the child benefit. At that time, families with working parents were not eligible for additional support. They are now indeed eligible.

The Groeipakket reduces inequality by providing social allowances in proportion to income. This means that every family can improve its financial situation if their annual income falls below the income threshold.

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How much is the social allowance?

This depends on the gross taxable family income and your situation.

Situation 1: All of your children were born after the introduction of the Groeipakket on 1 January 2019

In this case, the following amounts apply.

Number of children Family income Your monthly social allowance
2 or fewer Less than €30 986,17 €51 per child
From 3 Less than €30 986,17 €81,60 per child
From 3 From €30 986,17 to €61 200 €61,20 per child

An example calculation

The father and mother live together with their three children. The family income is €25,000. This is lower than the threshold amount of €30 986,17. The family is therefore entitled to receive a social allowance.

Child Basic amount Social allowance
Olivier (°13/08/2019) €163.20 €81.60
Mieke (°01/04/2021) €163.20 €81.60
Nicky (°23/01/2023) €163.20 €81.60

 

If the family income amounts to €45,000, the father and mother for each child will receive a social allowance of €61.20.

Situation 2: All of your children were born before the introduction of the Groeipakket on 1 January 2019

In this case, you are entitled to the following amounts once your family income is lower than €30 986,17. Your allowance also depends on your status and the number of children.

Your basic amount Your social allowance if you do not have a special status Your social allowance if you are unfit for work over the long term Your social allowance as a single-parent family Your social allowance if you are unfit for work over the long term and are a single-parent family
€93.93 €47.81 €102.88 €47.81 €102.88
€173.80 €29.64 €29.64 €29.64 €29.64
€259.49 €5.20 €5.20 €23.90 €23.90

An example calculation

The father and mother live together with their three children. The family income is €25,000. This is lower than the threshold amount of €30 986,17. The family is therefore entitled to receive a social allowance.

Child Basic amount Social allowance
Lily (°07/05/2010) €259.49 €5.20
Mats (°31/10/2012) €173.80 €29.64
Nicky (°03/07/2014) €93.93 €47.81

 

If the family income is at the €45,000 threshold, the family is not entitled to a social allowance, as it has exceeded the threshold of €30 986,17.

Situation 3: You are a ‘combination family’ with children born before and after the introduction of the Groeipakket

Do you have two children, of which at least one child was born after 1 January 2019? And is your family income below €30 986,17? If so, you will receive the amounts from situation 1 for the child born after 1 January 2019 and the amounts from situation 2 for the child born before 1 January 2019.

An example calculation

The father and mother live together with their two children. The family income is €25,000. This is lower than the threshold amount of €30 986,17. The family is therefore entitled to receive a social allowance.

Child Basic amount Social allowance
Olivier (°13/08/2014) €93.93 €47.81
Mieke (°01/04/2019) €163.20 €51.00

Do you have three children, of which at least one child was born after 1 January 2019?

> You will receive the amounts from situation 1 for children born after 1 January 2019

> You will receive the amounts from situation 2 for children born before 1 January 2019

An example calculation

The father and mother live together with their three children. The family income is €25,000. This is lower than the threshold amount of €30 986,17. The family is therefore entitled to receive a social allowance.

Child Basic amount Social allowance
Olivier (°13/08/2014) €173.80 €29.64
Mieke (°01/04/2016) €93.93 €47.81
Nicky (°23/01/2019) €163.20 €81.60

If the family income is between €30 986,17 and €61,200, the father and mother are entitled to receive the following amounts:

Child Basic amount Social allowance
Olivier (°13/08/2014) €173.80 €29.64
Mieke (°01/04/2016) €93.93 €47.81
Nicky (°23/01/2019) €163.20 €61.20

What income do we take into account?

We take your gross family income into account. This means:

  • your professional income and/or benefits
  • and those of your partner or the person with whom you constitute a de facto family.
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Family income

The income is the total sum of these sources of income and benefits:

  • For employees: gross taxable income, plus professional expenses and/or social benefits. In order to allow for holiday pay and year-end bonuses, we multiply the taxable monthly income by the factor 14/12;
  • For self-employed people: net taxable income, multiplied by the factor 100/80;
  • Social benefits from health insurance;
  • Unemployment benefits;
  • Pensions;
  • Integration income or equivalent;
  • Income replacement allowance (Inkomensvervangende tegemoetkoming, IVT);
  • All other taxable benefits;
  • 80% of money received for maintenance;
  • 3 x the indexed outside use cadastral income;
  • 1 x indexed cadastral income for own professional purposes;

Which sums are not included when calculating your gross family income?

  • All allowances from the Groeipakket;
  • Child maintenance payments;
  • Movable securities;
  • Income and holiday pay from a flexi-job;
  • Meal and eco-vouchers;
  • Payments for helping third parties or the elderly, integration payments for people with disabilities, reimbursements by the Flemish health insurance;
  • Reimbursement for childcare paid for by Kind en Gezin;
  • Flat-rate payments for guardianship of unaccompanied foreign minors;
  • Arrears relating to a previous year;
  • Severance payment for subsequent years and advance holiday pay.

Outside use cadastral income (rateable value of property used for "other purposes")

In addition to the above, we have to consider your outside use cadastral income (CI), that is the rateable value of any property that you own and that is not used as your home or for your business. This means that we look at any buildings and land your family owns and in or on which you do not yourself live and that you do not need for your business.

If you do not have any such property, you may skip this step.

If your outside use CI is over €1,250 and the exact amount is too high compared to your family income (the so-called “CI test”), you are unfortunately not eligible for a social allowance.

The “CI test” is not applicable for families who are in receipt of an integration income (or equivalent). This applies to anyone where a large proportion (70% or more) of the individual’s income is made up of money for maintenance, a replacement income, income-replacing allowances, and/or a survivor’s pension.

You will find more information about the maximum income threshold, the personal hardship points and the outside use CI on groeipakket.be.

Marginal amounts

You may be entitled to a social allowance depending on your total family income and whether you pass the “CI test”.

All families are subject to an income threshold of €30,986.17 gross annually.

The income threshold is increased to €61,200 gross annually or families with three or more children, of whom at least one receives the basic amount of €163.20.

How does the procedure work?

The automatic process

You do not have to do anything to receive the allowance. MyFamily will take care of everything.

Your family income is calculated based on your most recently available tax return. MyFamily receives this information from the Belgian Federal Public Service Finance (FPS Finance). Social allowances in 2019 are granted on the basis of income from 2017.

The grant year (i.e. the period on which you receive your social allowance) runs from 1 October to 30 September each year. This means that, for that period, we use your personal tax return from two years previously. Your social allowance is reviewed each October.

  • For example, to receive an allowance from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020, we shall base our calculations on your 2017 tax return.
  • Did your family formerly consist of different members? If so, we shall recalculate the allowance in order to take this into account.
  • You do not have a tax return for that year? If so, we shall use other documents, such as certificates from employers and institutions.
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Is your gross taxable family income on that tax return below the minimum threshold for your family? If so, you will automatically receive the social allowance on top of your Groeipakket for a period of one year.

Is your gross taxable family income on that tax return above the minimum threshold for your family? If so, you will not receive a social allowance. Your entitlement will be automatically reviewed the following year.

If you do not have a tax return (e.g. because you earned income only abroad, were in receipt of an integration income or income replacement allowances), we shall send you a form to complete about your income.

The manual procedure

If your income has fallen and you are currently not in receipt of any social allowances, you may initiate the process by proving that your family income has fallen below the minimum threshold for at least six consecutive months.

Your gross family income must be less than €2,582.19 gross per month for 6 consecutive months and your overall family income for that year must not exceed €30,986.17.

If your family has three or more children and at least one child is in receipt of the new basic amount of €163.20, you will receive a social allowance if your gross family income is less than €5,100 gross per month for 6 consecutive months and your overall family income for that year does not exceed €61,200.

  • If your family income has been below the threshold for at least 6 consecutive months and you think you may be entitled to a (higher) social allowance, then please get in touch with us.
  • Your Groeipakket coach will ask you to complete a form and send proof of your income from all sources in the last 6 months. Make sure to keep this form nearby.

Important: inform your MyFamily Groeipakket coach immediately if your family circumstances change:

  • should you leave to live alone;
  • should your child marry or start cohabiting;
  • should a child, for whom you will a Groeipakket, join your family;
  • should a child entitled to a Groeipakket leaves your family;
  • should either you or your partner receive an income replacement allowance, an allowance for helping the elderly or an integration allowance;
  • should you or your partner receive a pension following sickness benefits;
  • should you or your partner become unable to work long-term;
  • should you or your partner receive payments for a workplace-related accident;
  • should you receive a survivor’s pension.
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Who receives the allowance in the event of a separation?

In cases of equal custody, i.e. the child stays with each parent for the same length of time, the child will be counted as part of both families. Calculating this social allowance is rather complex, but your Groeipakket coach is on hand to do this for you. Depending on each person’s family situation and family income, you and the other parent may receive half of the social allowance.

In the case of uneven custody, the child will be counted only for the family where it spends more than half the time. Only this parent is entitled to receive the social allowance. If the parents do not live together and the children do not live with each parent for an equal amount of time, please provide us with a copy of the ruling so that we can look into your circumstances.

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