State social security disability allowance

  • who are residing in the territory of Latvia permanently;
  • who have been living in Latvia for no less than 60 months in total, the last 12 months of which they have lived in Latvia constantly;
  • who have received an opinion of the State Medical Commission for the Assessment of Health Condition and Working Ability on establishing disability;
  • who have reached the age of 18;
  • who have been assigned a personal identity number.

The allowance is granted for the established period of disability.

People who have received a temporary residence permit in Latvia are not entitled to receive the allowance.

Granting of the allowance

The allowance is granted according to Section 13 of the Law on State Social Allowances to a person, who is not entitled to receive state pension (except for the pension in case of loss of a supporter for a disabled person) or insurance indemnity in connection with an accident at work or an occupational illness.

For a person receiving state pension in another country that does not reach the amount of the state social security allowance, the amount of the state social security allowance to be granted is reduced by the amount of the pension granted by the other country.

If the person receives state pension granted by another country that is equal to the amount of the state social security allowance or exceeds it, the state social security allowance is not granted.

The benefits’ claiming rules

Grounds for awarding the benefit:

  • Application for receiving the benefit

An application you can submit in one of the divisions of the State Social Insurance Agency (SSIA):

  • personally or as electronic document, in accordance with the legal regulation of the processing of the electronic documents;
  • sent by post or submit by a notary authorized person’s intermediation;
  • submit in one of the customer service centers of the state or local governments, which have the cooperation agreements with SSIA.

The easiest way to do this by filling in an E-application to the state and local governments’ services portal www.latvija.lv.

When applying for the benefit by post or e-mail application form in the webpage of the State Social Insurance Agency www.vsaa.gov.lv can be used or a free text application.

By signing the application, the person requesting the benefit confirms that the information provided in the application is accurate.

The State Medical Commission for the Assessment of Health Condition and Working Ability provides the SSIA with digital information about the disabled person, who has received the opinion on the establishment of disability.

The benefit may be requested through an authorised person, provided that the representation rights have been granted in accordance with Article 38 Paragraph one of the Administrative Procedure Law. Representation of a natural person shall be drawn up as a notarised power of attorney, or a natural person may authorise his or her representative at the VSAA office, if both the representative and the authorising person are present.

Conditions for the disbursement of the benefits

The payment of the allowance is discontinued:

  • for the period of time while the recipient of the allowance is fully provided for by the state (in a state-funded institution of prolonged social care or social rehabilitation or in a penal institution);
  • if the recipient of the allowance leaves the Republic of Latvia to permanently live abroad;

In this case, the payment of the allowance is discontinued, paying the allowance for the next two months before the person leaves the country.

  • if the recipient of the allowance gives up the allowance on his/her own free will;
  • in cases the person becomes entitled to receive state pension (except for the pension in case of loss of supporter for a disabled person) or insurance indemnity in connection with an accident at work or an occupational illness;

The rates of the benefits

The monthly amount of the state social security allowance:

People with I disability group

83.24 euros

People with II disability group

76.84 euros

People with III disability group

64.03 euros

People disabled since birth with I disability group

138.74 euros

People disabled since birth with II disability group

128.06 euros

People disabled since birth with III disability group

106.72 euros

Time for claiming

The allowance may be requested within 6 months after the day, when the fact of disability has been established. If the person exceeds the time limit, the monthly allowance is paid only for the 6 previous months, starting from the day of requesting the state social allowance.

Time for decision

The application for granting of the allowance is reviewed within a month after receiving it and decision is made on granting or rejecting the allowance.

Receipt of the benefit

The allowance may be received in one’s place of residence, as well as transferred to the recipient’s account in a credit institution or a postal account system (PAS).

There is a free for delivery of the allowance to the recipient’s place of residence – 1.74 euros.

If the recipient of the allowance has passed away, the allowance granted but not received until the date of death can be received by the recipient’s spouse or any of the first-degree or second-degree relatives.

When applying for the granted allowance not received due to death of the recipient of the allowance an application for payment of the allowance not received in case of the death of the recipient of the allowance must be submitted. The application can be sent also by post or in electronic form in accordance with the regulatory enactments regarding drawing up of electronic documents. When applying for the allowance by post or e-mail application form in the webpage of the SSIA www.vsaa.gov.lv can be used or a free text application.

By signing the application, the person requesting the benefit confirms that the information provided in the application is accurate.

Published date: [07.04.2018]