Child benefit (přídavek na díťe) is another useful social benefit available through the State Social Support. It is a basic and long-term social benefit granted to families with lower income and dependent children. Family benefits (namely parental and child benefits)1 have undergone changes (valid from January 2018) which, thanks to a higher income limit, enable more families can draw the allocated money. For the families that are already drawing the benefit, there is no need to apply for a transition into the new system. As they need to reapply for this benefit on a regular basis, the transition will be a part of the next application procedure.
When it comes to its accessibility for foreign parents and their children, all those entitled for parental benefit can apply in case they also meet the following general requirements:
- a dependent child up to the age of 26 years,
- living in a family with an income of less than 2.7 times the family’s living minimum.
- at least one of the parents needs to be economically active (employed or self-employed) or getting a benefit replacing their income.
For a rough estimate of your eligibility and amount of the benefit, you can use this calculator.
Child benefit is provided on three basic levels set according to the child´s age.
- < 6 years of age → CZK 800 / child / month
- 6 – 15 years of age → CZK 910 / child / month
- 15 – 26 years of age → CZK 1000 / child / month
In order to prove your eligibility for this benefit, the applicant needs to provide proof of the height of their income every three months. The documents can only be handed in at the office in the first month of every quarter: January, April, July and October.
Other family benefits
Apart from the four main types of family benefits (maternity, paternity, parental and child benefits), there are also other types of social support and reliefs available for parents living in the Czech Republic and their families.
Birth grant (porodné) is, for sure, worth mentioning. It is a one-off benefit granted to families with low income and its main purpose is to at least partially cover costs connected with the birth of their first (CZK 13,000) and second (CZK 10,000) live-born children2. As for foreign families / mothers, the rule of the first-born only applies to children born in the Czech Republic so even with older children born abroad you are still entitled to the benefit in case you meet this condition as well: ‘the family income in the calendar quarter prior to the birth of the child does not exceed 2.7 times the family’s living minimum’. Check your eligibility here.
Through State Social Support, households with low income can also apply for housing benefit created to level out the difference between the household income and housing costs or, in those sad moments, there is also a funeral grant to cover the costs of a funeral. It also pays off checking out indirect financial support of families via tax measures such as tax advantages for dependent children in the form of tax credit, tax relief or a combination of the two (described in the section Family on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs).
1. The above-mentioned changes also affect other types of social benefits such as parental benefit for parents providing temporary foster care or housing benefit. You´ll find more information (in Czech only) about these in the official press release published on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
2. In case of multiple children (twins, triplets etc.), the sum is the sum of the two amounts – CZK 23,000.