Government; social benefits

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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 1995-2018 are final. The figures for 2019 are provisional.

Changes as of 24 June 2020:
The figures for year 2019 have been added.
The figures for year 2018 have been adjusted.
The year figures 2018 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.

Government; social benefits

Benefits Periods Social benefits (million euros)
Total social benefits 2019* 163,204
Total statutory social security benefits 2019* 121,897
Total social assistance benefits 2019* 41,307
Act for social assistance to disabled... 2019* 0
Social support act (WMO) 2019* 6,142
Source: CBS.
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