Additional child benefit to be paid in December
An additional child benefit will be paid to all child benefit recipients in December 2022. This additional benefit will not be taken into account when calculating recipients’ social assistance.
To increase the purchasing power of families with children, recipients of the child benefit will be paid double the amount of child benefit in December 2022. The bonus child benefit to be paid in December 2022 will be equal to the monthly child benefit normally granted to a parent or other person who has custody of a child. The amount to be paid will therefore depend on the number of children. The single-parent increment will also be increased.
The additional child benefit will not be taken into account when determining the amount of social assistance a recipient is entitled to. This is to ensure that recipients of basic social assistance will benefit fully from the assistance.
“In its budget session, the Government decided on several measures to boost purchasing power aimed especially at low-income households and families with children as living costs increase. With regard to the additional child benefit, it is important to ensure that the lowest-income households also receive social assistance in full,” says Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Sarkkinen.
The acts will be in force from 9 to 31 December 2022.
Eva Ojala, Ministerial Adviser, [email protected]