Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Sweden - Benefits for people with disabilities

In what situation can I claim?

People with disabilities can receive a number of different types of benefit in Sweden, depending on their needs. If, as a result of a major, permanent disability, you have significant difficulties in your everyday life and therefore require personal help with things such as washing and dressing yourself, eating food or communicating, you can receive assistance allowance from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency or personal assistance from your municipality. If you require other support in your everyday life, or if you have costs as a result of your disability, you can receive disability allowance. As a parent of a child with disability, depending on the scope of your child's disability, you can obtain assistance allowance, personal assistance or healthcare benefit. If, as a result of your permanent disability, you have significant difficulties moving yourself on your own or using public transport, or have a child with such a disability, you can also receive benefits to purchase or adapt your car or other vehicle. You or your employer can also receive remuneration for occupational aids that mean you can continue to work with your disability.

What conditions do I need to meet?

Assistance allowance

Assistance allowance can be granted to people with:

  • learning difficulties, autism or a condition resembling autism;
  • significant and permanent intellectual disabilities following a brain injury suffered as an adult caused by violence or a disease; or
  • other permanent physical or mental disabilities that are obviously not a result of normal ageing.

You must also have a major and permanent disability which causes you significant difficulties in your everyday life and which means that you need help with your basic needs for more than 20 hours per week, i.e. your personal hygiene, meals, dressing and undressing, communicating with people or other help that requires in-depth knowledge about you.

If you require support with your basic needs for less than 20 hours a week, you can obtain personal assistance from your municipality. There is no lower age limit for assistance allowance or personal assistance. The same conditions apply for children.

If you need help with your basic needs, you can also be granted an allowance for help with other personal needs.

Vehicle allowance

If you or your child has a permanent disability which means that you have great difficulties in moving yourself or using public transport, you can receive vehicle allowance. You or your child must also fulfil other requirements, for example in some cases you must be able to drive the car yourself. Vehicle allowance consists of basic allowance plus an acquisition contribution to purchase a car, adaptation allowance to adapt a car and a driving licence test allowance. You can also obtain support for other types of vehicles such as motorbikes or mopeds.

Disability allowance

If you need help in your everyday life or support in order to work or study, or if you have additional expenses due to your illness or disability, you can receive disability allowance (handikappersättning). In order to be granted disability allowance, your disability must have lasted for at least 1 year.

You can receive support from and including the July in which you turn 19 and you must have become disabled before you turned 65.

Other support for people with disabilities

You or your employer can receive remuneration for occupational aids (arbetshlälpmedel) that mean you can continue to work with your disability. This may, for example, mean adapting the workplace. Self-employed people can also be granted occupational aids. The support can be paid out until you turn 67.

If you have a disability that is likely to mean that you will be unable to work full-time, you can obtain activity compensation if you are under 30 years of age or sickness compensation if you are between 19 and 29 years old and have a permanent full incapacity for work or if you are 30 years or older and have a permanent full or partial incapacity for work. . You can read more about this in the chapter Benefit during sickness.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

Benefit          

Remuneration

Assistance allowance        

SEK 295 per hour (max. SEK 331)

Vehicle allowance - basic allowance           

max. SEK 30,000

Vehicle allowance - acquisition allowance   

max. SEK 40,000

Vehicle allowance - adaptation allowance

Corresponds to cost of adaptation

Disability allowance

36%, 53% or 69% price base amount

Occupational aids

max. SEK 50,000

Assistance allowance

You receive SEK 295 per hour in remuneration. If you have special reasons, for example if you need an assistant with special training that requires more payment, you can receive higher remuneration. The maximum amount is SEK 331 per hour. Assistance allowance should be used for costs for personal assistants, for example salary, employer contributions and administration costs. This means that money which is not used for this should be repaid to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. You apply on a form from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency if you require support for your basic needs for at least 20 hours per week. In other cases you apply to your municipality.

Vehicle allowance

You can receive the basic allowance to purchase a vehicle. If you purchase a vehicle you can receive a maximum of SEK 30,000. The maximum amount for a motorcycle is SEK 12,000 and for a moped SEK 3,000. The acquisition allowance depends on your income. If you earn more than SEK 220,000 you cannot obtain this benefit. You can receive adaptation allowance if you need a special device on your car, must adapt it or have to repair a previously made adaptation. The adaptation allowance is based on the cost of the special device or adaptation. For the driving licence test allowance there is no maximum amount. Vehicle allowance is tax free. You apply on a form from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.

Disability allowance

The amount of disability allowance you receive depends on your needs and how high your additional costs are. There are three different levels. Disability allowance is tax free. You apply on a form from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.

Other support for people with disabilities

The employer applies for assistance with occupational aids on a form from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. Following the application, a deduction of SEK 10,000 from the cost is made. After this, the employer receives a contribution for half of the remaining costs; a maximum of SEK 50,000. However, a contribution for computerised aids can be granted at a higher amount.

Forms you may need to fill in

  • 3062 Application for assistance allowance
  • 5014 Application for vehicle allowance
  • 3070 Application for disability allowance
  • 7545 Application for contribution to occupational aids

Know your rights

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Who do you need to contact?

Swedish Social Insurance Agency
Website: www.forsakringskassan.se
Customer centre e-mail: kundcenter@forsakringskassan.se
Customer centre telephone: +46 771524524 Find your local Social Insurance Agency

Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) has contact details for all municipalities in Sweden.

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