Government expands social dividend benefit criteria

The Deputy Minister of Finances Christos Staikouras met with the Deputy Minister of Labor Vasilis Kegeroglou, the General Secretary…

The Deputy Minister of Finances Christos Staikouras met with the Deputy Minister of Labor Vasilis Kegeroglou, the General Secretary of Public Revenue Harris Theoharis as well as PASOK MPs Philippos Sahinidis, Giorgos Koutroumanis and Christos Protopappas and discussed the expansion of eligibility criteria for the social dividend benefit.

Aside from agreeing on expanding the criteria so that a total of 650,000 households can collect it, the government will also reconsider applications that had previously been rejected. A solution however for house guests, who are currently excluded, has not been provided. Applications for the benefit must be submitted until the 30th of June.

So far a total of 320,000 applications have been approved, with the average benefit paid out being 652 euros. The government expects to approve a further 330,000 applications by the end of June.

The new eligibility criteria

Family status

Annual income

Benefit

Single w/o children

Up to €7,050

€500

Single w/ 1 child

Up to €9,400

€667

Single w/ 2 children

Up to €10,575

€750

Single w/ 3 children

Up to €11,750

€833

Married w/o children

Up to €9,400

€667

Married w/ 1 child

Up to €10,575

€750

Married w/ 2 children

Up to €11,750

€833

Married w/ 3 children

Up to €12,925

€917

Married w/ 4 children

Up to €14,100

€1,000

Additionally, applicants who are single must not have assets that exceed a taxable value of €125,000, while for married couples the threshold is €200,000. Applicants with vehicles may not apply if their vehicle’s engine is larger than 3,000 cm2.

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