Social benefits (until 2015)
Statistical activity code: 40505
Subsistence benefits; number of satisfied applications; families who have received subsistence benefits; compensation for housing expenses
Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)
Social benefit – a monetary benefit provided to contribute towards the ability of a person or family to cope.
Subsistence benefit – a form of state assistance for those in difficulty which is paid by the local government.
Subsistence level – the sum necessary for minimum everyday subsistence in a month.
Recipient of subsistence benefits
Recipients of subsistence benefits
Estonia as a whole
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„Eesti statistika aastaraamat. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia”
Data are published under the heading „Social life/ Social protection” in the Statistical Database in http://pub.stat.ee.
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Data serve as input for statistical activities 40509 „European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS)”, 50101 „Estonian regional development” and 50201 „Sustainable development indicators (dashboard)”.
„Sotsiaalkaitse kogukulutuste (ESSPROS) käsiraamat” (in Estonian), Statistics Estonia (2012)
ESSPROS Manual. The European System of integrated Social PROtection Statistics (ESSPROS), Eurostat (2011)
Quality report on the ESSPROS core system;
quality report on the ESSPROS net social benefits module
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Ministry of Social Affairs
Ministry of Finance
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Administrative data show only the statistics of public authorities.
Geographical comparability is available nationally. International comparison must take into account differences in national social security systems.
The data are comparable across time.
When comparing data from different sources methodological differences need to be kept in mind.
The outputs of the statistical activity are coherent.
The following data are received from the Ministry of Social Affairs: total funds used for subsistence benefits and for the provision and development of social benefits and services, incl. benefits to guarantee the minimum subsistence level (incl. reimbursement of housing expenditure) and provide additional support to those recipients of subsistence benefit whose other household members are minors; funds used for other social benefits and social services (from subsistence benefit funds); funds used for the provision and development of social benefits and services. Also data on recipients of subsistence benefit (to guarantee the minimum subsistence level): total number of applications approved (incl. reimbursement of housing expenditure), including by family type and by social status of family members; by number of household members; total number of families receiving benefits and by family type; number of family members receiving support by social status; applications filed by families with children who received support by number of children (incl. single-parent families); families receiving subsistence benefit by number of times the benefit was received.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
The data are compared with the data of previous periods.
The indicators to be published are calculated on the basis of the collected data.