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Can we still benefit from minimum old age?

Verified 02 février 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Minimum old age is no longer allocated. replaced by solidarity allowance for the elderly (Aspa) since 2006.

These arrangements guarantee a minimum of resources to a low-income senior.

Only those who had the minimum old-age pension before 2006, or who started to benefit from it in 2006 (before the Aspa), continue to receive it if they did not ask to change for the Aspa.

If you are one of these people, there are 2 cases:

Lone person

The person holding the minimum old age shall receive additional allowance, which adds:

  • his retirement pension
  • or special old age allowance (when the person is not eligible for any retirement)
  • or other benefits (allowance for older workers, allowance for mothers...).

This in order to allow him to reach an income of €906.81 per month.

  FYI : as Aspa, payments under the minimum old age (additional allowance) are recoverable on the estate, under certain conditions.

Married couple

Married couple with minimum old age receive additional allowance, which adds:

  • pension
  • or special old age allowance (when the person is not eligible for any retirement)
  • or other benefits (allowance for older workers, allowance for mothers...).

This in order to allow him to reach an income of €1,407.82 per month.

In the case of a couple, additional allowance can be paid:

  • to 1 person only if one allowance is enough for the couple's resources to reach €1,407.82 monthly
  • or 2 people, if necessary.

  FYI : as Aspa, payments under the minimum old age (additional allowance) are recoverable on the estate, under certain conditions.