Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Slovenia - Minimum resources

In what situation can I claim?

Persons are entitled to social assistance and income support if they are not able to assure their own physical safety as a result of circumstances which they are unable to change.

Social assistance is intended to provide resources so that minimum living requirements are met.

Income support is intended to cover long-term living expenses (accommodation expenses etc.) and is not expenses for meeting minimum living requirements.

The right to bereavement and funeral payment, which falls within the framework of financial social assistance, is held by a family member of the deceased person arranging a funeral (funeral payment) or requiring financial assistance following death of a family member (bereavement payment). This right may only be claimed by one member of the deceased person's family.

What conditions do I need to meet?

The general conditions for receiving social assistance and income support are permanent residence in the Republic of Slovenia. Citizens of Slovenia and foreigners who have indefinite duration residence entitlement, both with permanent residence in Slovenia, persons on the basis of international acts to which Slovenia is bound and persons who have been granted international protection and members of their family with temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia are also entitled to assistance.

Those entitled to social assistance are persons who:

  • are not able to ensure their own survival (from work, right to work or insurance, etc.);
  • are unable to assure means for the minimal income for themselves and their family for reasons which they are unable to change.

Those entitled to income support are persons:

  • who are permanently unemployable or permanently unable to work or women over 63 or men over 65;
  • who are entitled or could be entitled to social assistance;
  • for whom income does not exceed the threshold for income support (EUR 470.76).

A family member of the deceased person is entitled to bereavement payment if on the day of death they would be entitled to social assistance or income support or if their income does not exceed the legally allowed threshold.

A family member of the deceased person is entitled to funeral payment if they have:

  • arranged a funeral in Slovenia and;
  • on the day of the funeral would be entitled to social assistance or income support or the person's income does not exceed the legally allowed threshold (EUR 606 for an individual or EUR 909 for a family).

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

Social assistance

The amount of social assistance depends on the income, number of family members, property, savings, care entitlement and possible existence of fault-based grounds.

Further information on the MDDSZ web site.

Income support

The amount of income support is defined on the basis of the same measures which are valid for assessing entitlement to social assistance and must not exceed the amount of minimum income of a single person or family.

Further information on the MDDSZ web site.

Bereavement payment

The amount of the bereavement payment is defined as a sum up to the amount of the basic minimum income sum, which is EUR 288.81.

Funeral payment

The amount of the funeral payment is defined as double the sum of the minimum income, which currently amounts to EUR 577.62; however this may not exceed the actual cost of the funeral.

Jargon busters

Forms you may need to fill in

  • Unified form for entitlement to public funds (for social assistance and income support);
  • Application for funeral or bereavement payment.

Know your rights

The links below listing your rights are not European Commission pages and do not represent the view of the Commission:

European Commission publications and web pages:

Who do you need to contact?

The right to payment for assuring minimum income is assessed by the Centre for Social Work, which has local responsibility regarding permanent residency.

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