This chapter explains how you can apply for help if you have to reduce your working hours in order to look after a dependent minor affected by cancer or another serious illness.
Below we will tell you about:
Benefits for parents of minors affected by cancer or another serious illness (prestación para el cuidado de menores afectados por cáncer u otra enfermedad grave).
When can you apply for these?
If you are the biological, adoptive or foster parents of a minor affected by cancer or another serious illness, the Spanish system can provide you with financial support if you have to reduce your working hours by at least 50% to care for the children during their stay in hospital.
What requirements must you meet?
In order to qualify for this benefit, you must:
- be registered with Social Security;
- have a minimum period of contributions;
- be up-to-date with payment of your social security contributions, if you are self-employed and thus responsible for the payment;
- have reduced your normal working hours by at least 50%.
What are you entitled to and how can you apply for it?
100% of the calculation basis established for temporary incapacity benefits. The percentage by which working hours have been reduced is applied.
One month after the reduction in working hours occurred. It can be extended for 2-month periods, with a medical certificate, for children up to 18 years old.
If you are one of the parents you can apply for this benefit to the Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social, INSS (National Institute of Social Security) or the occupational accident and sickness insurance company to which you belong.
- Serious illness: is an illness legally defined as "serious" requiring a long stay in hospital. The Appendix of Royal Decree 1148/2011, of 29 July, includes a list of serious illnesses.
Documents you will need
- Application for the benefits for parents of minors affected by cancer or another serious illness.
- Company certificate for this benefit.
- Statement by the worker responsible for the payment of quotes, indicating the reduction.
- Medical statement.
- Company certificate related to the reduction of working day.
Find out about your entitlements
These links will help you to find out about your entitlements in Spain. They are not European Commission links and do not represent the opinion of the Commission:
- You can find out more about the General Social Security Act in Spain in the Royal Legislative Decree 8/2015 of 30 October.
- Permission to care for these children included in Law 5/2015 of 30 October on the basic statute of public employee (Article 49).
- Benefits for caring for children with cancer or other illnesses in the Royal Decree 1148/2011 of 29 July.
Publications and web pages of the European Commission:
Who can you contact?
Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS)
C/ Padre Damián, 4
Tel. +34 915688300
Fax +34 915640484
Web page: http://www.seg-social.es
Social Security Information Centres.
For any problem with your entitlement as a European citizen: EU welfare services.