Income-related allowance, the new Social Allowance in Brussels

KidsLife assists low-income families by paying them a supplementary allowance. 
The social allowance is completely dependent on your situation: your place of residence, your income and your family situation.  

KidsLife ensures that you automatically receive what you are entitled to. We examine the entitlement to this allowance for every family in Brussels, so you do not need to apply for it. Quite handy, right? 

The automatic granting is based on the tax data obtained from the FPS Finance. For the granting of social supplements for one year, we obtain the tax data from the FPS after 2 years. These data are linked to two income ceilings in order to calculate the amount of supplement to be paid (see below).

Example: For the granting of the social supplement for the year 2020, we get the tax data in 2022 (tax return in 2021 on the income of 2020) 

We will also pay social supplements provisionally without application for single parents with only replacement income for at least 6 months in a year. 
If we find that at least one parent receives at least 6 months of a living wage from the PCSW, we will also provisionally pay the supplements without application. 

For all other situations, you can always request a provisional payment of the social supplements. In this case, you must enclose proof:

  • for Belgian workers and civil servants: a copy of a recent salary sheet
  • for benefit recipients: a copy of the benefit certificate (certificate from the payment offices of the RVA, the RIZIV, the Federal Pensions Service, the trade unions or the mutual benefit societies);
  • or self-employed persons: a certificate from the social insurance fund indicating the amount on which social security contributions are calculated or the estimated income.

Please note: this is a provisional payment. The declaration will always be checked against the tax data of the FPS Finance.
For families abroad or who are not in Belgium for the whole year, the social supplement is granted via a form. Proof of income must also be attached.

Do you think you are eligible and would you like us to examine the entitlement to the allowance? Then contact us.

Social Allowance amounts if your annual family income is less than €37.868,01 

Then you’re entitled to a Social Allowance! The amount per child you will receive each month depends on the age of the children and their birth rank. The monthly amounts paid out together with the Child Benefit in this situation are given below: 

1st child 
47,80  euros 
2nd child 

+€ 10,61 per child if you are a single-parent family

83,66 euros
From 3th child

+€ 21,22 per child if you are a single-parent family

131,46 euros 
1st child 
59,76 euros
2nd child

+€ 10,61 per child if you are a single-parent family

95,61 euros
From 3rd child 

+€ 10,61 per child if you are a single-parent family

143,41 euros

Social Allowance amounts if your annual family income lies between €37.868,01 and €54.969,69

Then you fall into an intermediate category. If you have at least 2 children entitled to Child Benefit, you are entitled to the Social Allowance. The amounts are given below: 

no entitlement 
29,88 euros per child 
86,05 euros per child

Do you live in Flanders or Wallonia?

In Belgium, all families on a lower income may be entitled to a Social Allowance. The conditions and amounts vary per region. Social Allowance by region: 

Social Allowance in Flanders

Social Allowance in Wallonia

Being a single parent doesn’t automatically entitle you to a social allowance

Your family income must not exceed a certain threshold to be eligible to receive this. The fact that you are a single or divorced parent likely has an influence on your family income. This may make you eligible. 

The threshold amounts and the composition of this Social Allowance depend on where you and your children live: Flanders, Brussels or Wallonia

KidsLife automatically pays your Social Allowance if you are entitled to it! We do this following receipt of your tax return. We always receive this 2 years after the income year. 

We (re)evaluate your Social Allowance for 2019 in 2021. We receive confirmation of your 2019 income from the federal government in 2021.  

Eligible for this allowance and prefer not to wait 2 years? Contact your KidsLife adviser to submit an application. 

View all of the conditions pertaining to the Social Allowance here

KidsLife assists low-income families by paying them a supplementary allowance: the Social Allowance
The Social Allowance is entirely dependent on your personal situation: your place of residence, your income and your family circumstances.

View all of the conditions that apply to your Social Allowance here


If your family income changes, this can affect your entitlement to the social allowance and the selective participation allowance (school allowance). Your entitlement is automatically investigated based on your income from 2 years ago (via your tax return). Suddenly earning significantly more and receiving a social allowance from KidsLife?
 Then please notify us so that we can terminate your social allowance and consequently prevent a potential clawback payment.

Now earning significantly less and not currently receiving a social allowance from KidsLife? Then contact us so that we can send you the relevant form. Please complete this form specifying your income and return it to us, together with the necessary supporting documents.


Your family may be entitled to supplementary child benefit in addition to the standard Growth Package and Child Benefit amounts (to which every child is entitled). You can view all types of supplementary child benefit here.

In many cases you needn’t submit a request for supplementary child benefit and we automatically ensure that you receive the correct entitlement. However, you may have to submit a request to KidsLife in certain situations.  Believe that you qualify for an allowance, but aren’t currently receiving it? Then please contact your KidsLife adviser, who’ll gladly assist.

Your local authority automatically notifies us of any changes to your family circumstances via the Crossroads Bank.

Does this change to your family circumstances have an impact on your Child Benefit or Growth Package payments? Your KidsLife adviser will make the necessary adjustments to ensure that you receive the correct payments. 

Want to calculate your entitlement?

Then use our handy simulation tool

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