How does the September statement affect your Growth Package?

You might have already heard about it in the media. The Growth Package (Child Benefit in Flanders) was a key component of the Flemish Government's September statement.
Perhaps you have some questions about your specific circumstances? Rest assured, KidsLife will ensure that you receive everything you’re entitled to.

More families entitled to a Social Allowance.

Low-income families that are not currently entitled to the Social Allowance may be eligible for this allowance from 2023.

The income thresholds for Social Allowance entitlement will increase to €34,526.91 per year instead of 34.526,91. This is to ensure that more families fall within the eligibility bracket.

These new threshold amounts will apply in January 2023 (first payment on 8 February 2023).

If you're entitled to the Social Allowance, you will receive it automatically. So no application is necessary.

From April 2023, a new income bracket will apply for families with incomes between €34,526.91 and €40,281.40 per year. These families will receive a Social Allowance of €35 per child per month.

Eligible families will receive this Social Allowance from April 2023 (payment at the beginning of May 2023)

You will receive the Social Allowance automatically. KidsLife will notify you if you are entitled to it. 

Increased Social Allowance

Not only are more families entitled to the Social Allowance; the amount per child has also been increased.

Every child who is entitled to a Social Allowance will receive an additional €15 per month from December 2022 (payment on 8 January 2023).

Social Allowance regulations

Family Size

2022 income threshold

Monthly Allowance (up until November 2022)

Monthly Allowance (from December 2022)

1 or 2 children

< €34.526,91

€54,12 per child

€54,12+€15 per child

> 2 children

< €34.526,91

€86,59 per child

€86,59 +€15 per child

> 2 children

€34.526,91 - €64.945,93

€64,94 per child

€64,94 per child

See all about the current social allowance here

Additional premium for children who are entitled to a Social Allowance

Is your child entitled to a Social Allowance? Then you will receive an additional one-off premium of €100 in 2022 and 2023.

  • In December 2022, children who were entitled to a Social Allowance in November 2022 will receive a bonus of €100 .
  • At the end of April 2023, children who were entitled to a Social Allowance in April 2023 will also receive a bonus of €100 .

If you’re entitled to this bonus, KidsLife will pay it automatically.
If you were entitled to a Social Allowance in November 2022 and April 2023, you will receive the bonus twice.

1% additional indexation from December 2022

In September 2022, the Growth Package was indexed by 1%. (payment on 6 October 2022). In December 2022, the Growth Package will be indexed by an additional 1% (payment on 8 January 2023).

From September 2023, the Growth Package will automatically be increased or indexed by 2%.

You do not have to submit an application for this increase. KidsLife will automatically pay the amount you are entitled to.

Increase to the Half-Orphan’s Allowance

From January 2023, families in which one parent has died (after 2019) will receive €138.56 on top of the basic amount instead of €86,60. You’ll receive this increase from KidsLife automatically. So no application is necessary.

See all about the orphan allowance here

All regulations at a glance

What

Who

When

How much

Indexation of 2% instead of 1%

Every child who receives the Growth Package

From December 2022 (payment on 8 January 2023)

Depending on your circumstances : an improvement : You receive 2% more Growth Package (Child Benefit)

Additional one-off premium on top of the Social Allowance

Every child who was entitled to the Social Allowance in November 2022

December 2022

€100

Increased Social Allowance

Every child who was entitled to the Social Allowance (in November 2022?)

From December 2022 (payment on 8 January 2023)

+€15 per child per month.

Amendment to Social Allowance income threshold

Families with an income of less than €34,526.91

From January 2023 (payment on 8 February 2023)

Depending on your circumstances

Increased Half-Orphan’s Allowance

Children with 1 deceased parent (from 2019)

From January 2023 (payment on 8 February 2023)

€138.56 per month (instead of xx per month)

New Social Allowance

Families with 1 or 2 children & an income between €34,526.91 and €40,281.40 per year

From April 2023 (payment on 8 May 2023)

€35 per child per month

Additional one-off premium on top of the Social Allowance

Every child who is entitled to the Social Allowance in April 2023

April 2023

€100

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