Legal bases & legislation

Supplementary benefits may be claimed when old-age or invalidity pensions and other income are not sufficient to meet minimal living costs. They are meant to ensure that the elderly as well as the surviving family members of pension beneficiaries and the disabled have sufficient means to cover their basic living expenses. Several private charitable foundations - Pro Senectute, Pro Infirmis, Pro Juventute - also grant financial assistance to individuals in need.


Supplementary benefits are means-tested and granted on demand. The top-up function of supplementary benefits: insufficient income is supplemented up to a set maximum level.

Further information

Last modification 29.10.2020

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