Growth Package basic amount: monthly Child Benefit amounts per child.

Child Benefit in Belgium comprises various premiums, amounts and allowances:

A one-off Birth Premium, Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance upon the birth or adoption of a child.
A basic monthly amount
A variety of supplementary allowances based on your family circumstances.

The basic amount can differ per child. We’ve listed the relevant information for your convenience:


How much is the Basic Amount?

Your Child Benefit calculation is based on your child’s date of birth and the regional system under which your child falls (based on your child’s place of residence). You won’t therefore receive the same Child Benefit amounts in every region of Belgium.

Does your child live abroad? In this case your employer’s location determines which region is responsible for your Child Benefit payments. If your children live in different regions, then you’ll also receive the Child Benefit that applies in those different regions.


You receive the Growth Package (Child Benefit) in Flanders

Child Benefit was replaced by the Growth Package in Flanders, as of 1 January 2019.

The basic amount to which your child is entitled is based on when they were born.

The basic amount for children born from 01/01/2019 onwards.

The basic amount is always the same. It can increase via indexation, however, the Growth Package does not provide any age-related allowances.

Basic amount (monthly) 166,46 euros

The basic amount for children born prior to 01/01/2019.

Inversion of the tiers

If your child was born prior to 01/01/2019, then you were entitled to Child Benefit based on the former Child Benefit legislation. You received a basic amount per child, potentially supplemented with an age-related allowance from your child’s 6th, 12th and 18th birthdays.

Whilst you’ll retain the same amounts, the tiers have been inverted as of 01/01/2019.

The basic amounts are:

Only or youngest child

€ 95,81

Second-youngest child

€ 177,28

Third-youngest and each subsequent child

€ 259,49

Child orphaned by one or both parents and the surviving parent doesn’t cohabit with a new partner.

€ 368,06

Example: Ann and Peter have 3 children. Jan is the oldest, born on 1/02/2015. Piet was born on 5/12/2016 and Pol is the youngest, born on 11/12/2018.

Prior to 01/01/2019 Ann and Peter received: €95.81 for Jan, €177.28 for Piet and €259.49 for Pol.

Ann and Peter will retain these amounts from 01/01/2019 onwards. However, the amounts will be inverted and they’ll now receive €259.49 for Jan, €177.28 for Piet and €95.81 for Pol.

The age-related benefits are:

1st child *

 

From 6 years and upwards

+ € 16,36

From 12 years and upwards

+ € 24,92

From 18 years and upwards

+ € 28,72

2nd and each subsequent child

 

From 6 years and upwards

+ € 32,63

From 12 years and upwards

+ € 49,86

From 18 years and upwards

+ € 63,40

* If you receive supplementary Child Benefit (e.g. a social allowance based on your income or your child’s medical condition), then your 1st child is also entitled to the same amounts of age-related benefit as your 2nd child.

Example: Yousra and Carl have 2 children: 15-year-old Elien and 13-year-old Joke. For Elien they receive €177.28 + €24.92 = €202.20 per month and for Joke €95.81 + €49.86 = €145.67

Example 2: Sien and Mahmoud have 2 children: Sem is 14 years old and Nour is 7. Sien and Mahmoud are entitled to supplementary Child Benefit (social allowance) based on their income. In addition to the social allowance, for Sem they receive: €177.28 + €49.86= €227.14 and for Nour €95.81 + €32.63 = €128.44

The basic amount for children born prior to 01/01/2019 but who nevertheless receive the new Growth Package amounts

In some cases, children born prior to 01/01/2019 may still receive the new basic Growth Package amount of €166.46.

  1. Cases in which there was no entitlement to Child Benefit in Belgium on 31/12/2018.

Example: A family moves to Flanders from abroad as of 1 October 2020. They received no Child Benefit payments abroad. They’re entitled to the new basic amounts of €166.46 per child from October onwards.

Example 2: Lien is 23 years old. She’s no longer entitled to Child Benefit since her graduation on 1 August 2017. However, she resumes studies on 1 September, 2019. Lien is entitled to the new basic amount of €166.46 as of September 2019.

  1. Children who are orphaned after 01/01/2019

Example: Bjorn’s dad dies on 26 January 2020 (Bjorn is 19 years old). Bjorn is entitled to the basic amount of €166.46 + the orphan’s benefit as of January 2020.


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Basic amount for children in Brussels

The basic amount in Brussels is based on your child’s date of birth.

Brussels Child Benefit up to and including 2019

The former Child Benefit system applied in Brussels up until 31/12/2019.

Discover the amounts up to and including 2019

Brussels Child Benefit from 2020 onwards

The new Brussels model commenced in 2020 and applies to all Brussels children, including those born prior to 1 January 2020. All children living in Brussels consequently receive the new Brussels system amounts as of 1 January 2020.

Discover the new amounts that apply from 2020 onwards

If the new model amounts are lower than the amounts you received via the former Brussels system, then you’ll retain the old system amounts for children born prior to 1 January 2020. As a consequence, you’ll never receive less Child Benefit than you were entitled to in Brussels at the end of 2019.

KidsLife compares the amounts of both systems on a monthly basis, and automatically applies the new system if this is more advantageous for your family


Basic amounts for children living in Wallonia

The basic amount in Wallonia is based on your child’s date of birth.

Children born prior to 2020

Were your children born prior to 1 January 2020 and do they live in Wallonia? In that case, the former Child Benefit amounts will continue to apply, potentially augmented by the new supplementary Child Benefit allowances.

Discover the amounts for children born prior to 2020

Children born from 2020 onwards

Were your children born after 1 January 2020 and do they live in Wallonia? In that case, you’ll receive the new Walloon system amounts that commenced on 1 January 2020.

Discover the amounts for children born from 2020 onwards

Were one or more of your children born prior to 1 January 2020 and one or more born after this date? Then your Child Benefit will comprise a combination of the old and new amounts.


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When will you receive your basic amount?

KidsLife ensures the accurate and punctual payment of your basic amount! We invariably pay your basic amount on the 8th of the following month. What happens if the 8th falls on a weekend or public holiday? Then we’ll pay your basic amount on the last working day prior to the 8th.

If you’re entitled to backdated Child Benefit or Growth Package payments, then we’ll pay these as quickly as possible. In addition to the monthly payout on the 8th, we can also make additional deposits on a number of interim monthly payment dates.

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