There was a crisis benefit introduced from 22 March 2020 to provide support to those people whose income was not sufficient to ensure even basic needs and who were not entitled to other types of support introduced by the state during the state of emergency declared in connection with the established restrictions. The payment of benefit was assigned to municipal Social Services providing that the state ensured earmarked grant to local and regional governments to co-finance benefit expenses at 50% of the amount of benefit paid to an individual but not more than 40 euros per person per month and an additional 50 euros per child. Although the audit verified that the additional funding was used as intended, the auditors concluded that people with an equal income level could not receive equivalent support, as the amount of the municipal benefit ranged from 30 to 150 euros per month, and the approach of the Social Services to the provision of support differed.
The use of funding allocated to the Ministry of Welfare to co-finance the crisis benefit paid by local and regional governments
The Third Audit Department
Date of publication
- Ministry of Welfare