Government; social benefits

Government; social benefits

Benefits Periods Social benefits (million euros)
Total social benefits 2020* 169,960
Total statutory social security benefits 2020* 124,412
Act on work and income based on work cap 2020* 6,270
Work and care act (WAZO) 2020* 1,359
Total social assistance benefits 2020* 45,548
Act for social assistance to disabled... 2020* 0
Act on disabled persons handicapped at.. 2020* 3,353
Asylum seekers and minorities... 2020* 292
Income provision for older and partially 2020* 359
Social support act (WMO) 2020* 6,810
Work and national assistance act (WWB... 2020* 6,260
Source: CBS.
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Table description

This table contains information on social benefits provided by general government. The terms and definitions used are in accordance with the framework of National Accounts. National Accounts are based on the international definitions of the European System of Accounts (ESA 2010). Small temporary differences with publications of the National Accounts may occur due to the fact that government finance statistics are sometimes more up to date.

Data available from:
Yearly figures from 1995.

Status of the figures:
The figures for the period 1995-2019 are final. The figures for 2020 are provisional.

Changes as of 24 June 2021:
The figures for year 2020 have been added.
The figures for year 2019 have been adjusted.
In the context of new Eurostat guidelines, figures on student loans have been adjusted. As a result, social benefits have been adjusted from 1995. These changes were already incorporated in related Statline tables (see section 3) published on March 26, 2021, and have now also been adjusted in this table during the annual update.
The year figures 2019 are final.

When will new figures be published?
Yearly figures are published six months after the end of the year concerned.
These yearly figures are revised eighteen months after the end of the year concerned. Please note that there is a possibility that adjustments might take place at the end of March or September, in order to provide the European Commission with the most actual figures.
More information on the revision policy of National Accounts can be found under 'relevant articles' under paragraph 3.

Description topics

Social benefits
These benefits are supplied to households to offer financial security against several risks (such as sickness, disability, old age, the death of relatives and unemployment) or to provide certain needs (such as housing and education). This includes statutory social security benefits and social assistance benefits.