Old Child Benefit in Brussels

Child Benefit in Brussels has undergone a major change since 01/01/2020. Most families in Brussels who already received Child Benefit in 2019 will fall under the new legislation. But what if you are in a situation where the Child Benefit you receive on 31/12/2019 is higher than what you are entitled to in 2020? Then you will continue to receive the same amount!  
Read here about the old Child Benefit scheme in Brussels 

Basic Child Benefit amount before 2020

The basic Child Benefit amount is the monthly payment that you receive around the 8th of each month. Orphans with one or both parents deceased also receive the monthly orphan’s allowance.  

The basic amount depends on the child’s birth rank. The amount increases incrementally from the first to the third child. The same amount is paid for every subsequent child following the third.  

In addition to the basic amount, you also receive a monthly age supplement. As the name suggests, this supplement depends on the age of your children. 

per month
112,25  euros 
per month
207,70  euros 
per month
310,11 euros 

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Social Allowance in Brussels before 2020

The Social Allowance is a supplementary allowance for low-income families that find themselves in a specific situation. 

Until 31/12/2019 you were entitled to this social allowance if your yearly income was less than 37.126,55 

The second condition to qualify for this allowance was that you needed to be in one of the following situations: 

  • You are a single parent with children.
  • You or your partner are long-term unemployed or retired
  • You or your partner are long-term sick or disabled.  

Read here about the new social allowance effective in Brussels from 2020

Other supplementary Child Benefit allowances 

In Brussels, orphans or children with a disability may be entitled to supplementary Child Benefit. The new Child Benefit scheme from 2020 has broadly incorporated these allowances with a number of minor amendments.  

Orphan’s allowance: Children with at least one deceased parent are entitled to a fixed orphan’s allowance of 431,22 euros 

Allowance for children with a disability: This is a monthly supplementary allowance in addition to the basic amount for children with a specific disability or illness. This monthly allowance can be awarded up until the age of 21. The allowance amount varies according to the number of points the child scores on the medical-social scale. It is intended to help parents cope with the financial consequences of their child’s support needs. 

New Child Benefit legislation in Brussels 

In Brussels, Child Benefit has undergone a major reform since 01/01/2020. In Brussels, too, KidsLife remains the Child Benefit fund that ensures correct and punctual payment! Curious to know what has changed to your Child Benefit? 

Discover the new Child Benefit in Brussels

Frequently asked questions

Child Benefit is always paid on the 8th of each month. If the 8th falls on a weekend, then we will pay it on the last working day prior to that weekend. Please check our payment calendar for the various payment dates. 

The maximum age for Child Benefit and Growth Package entitlement is 25 years. From the age of 18 upwards, you must satisfy certain criteria in order to retain your Child Benefit and Growth Package entitlement. No regular or automatic substitute applies once your entitlement to Child Benefit has ceased. If your child was entitled to a Care Allowance due to a specific support requirement, then they may be entitled to a Disability Allowance once their Child Benefit entitlement has ceased.  Please note that this is not an automatic entitlement. It must be requested and the application subsequently investigated.

Already receiving your Child Benefit or Growth Package payments from KidsLife? Or have only just applied? 
Our KidsLife advisers are at your service. You can reach them via

  1. Contact form: this instantly provides us with all your personal information and enables us to respond swiftly to your enquiry.
  2. By phone: our KidsLife advisers are happy to help you over the phone. Please have your National Register number to hand, to enable us to provide prompt assistance.
  3. My KidsLife: your online Child Benefit and Growth Package file is available 24/7. Want to report a change in your circumstances or download a certificate? You can do all this and more in your My KidsLife online file.  
  4. Your local KidsLife office: regardless where you live, you’ll always find a KidsLife office nearby. Locate an office near you here. In many cases, we can help you without necessitating a visit to our offices. 

And you can obviously refer to the answers in this extensive list of frequently asked questions from our customers. 

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Child Benefit in Belgium is composed of different premiums and allowances that you receive from the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund while raising your family. Aren't you receiving Child Benefit in Belgium yet? Our KidsLife adviser, Pierre, will help you get started in this video! Watch it here. 

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