The shielding allowance was introduced by the government to support high inflation. This is an additional several hundred zlotys for the poorest people. What conditions must be met to receive the benefit?
One of the elements of the anti-inflationary shield is the shielding supplement . The additional measures are expected to help the lowest-income people deal with rampant inflation and offset rising energy, gas and food prices.
Shielding allowance – how much is it?
The amount of the cover allowance depends on the household income. Its amount per year may be up to:
- PLN 400 for single-person households with income up to PLN 2,100 per month;
- PLN 600 for 2-3-person households with an income of up to PLN 1,500 per person per month;
- PLN 850 for 4-5-person households with income up to PLN 1,500 per person per month;
- PLN 1,150 for households of 6 and more with an income of up to PLN 1,500 per person per month.
The Shielding allowance – is a social benefit, therefore it will not be subject to income tax and will not be subject to enforcement
In the case of this benefit, the so-called the rule of one zloty for one zloty. This means that the cover supplement is granted even after exceeding the income criterion, and the amount of the supplement will be reduced by the amount of this excess. The minimum amount of paid cover allowances will be PLN 20. The amount of the cover allowance below PLN 20 will not be paid.
When should the application be submitted?
The application must be submitted by October 31, 2022. This should be done in the commune competent for the place of residence of the person submitting the application – it can be done in paper or electronic form.
In the case of an application submitted from August 1 to October 31, the income from 2021 is taken into account. However, in the case of people who previously submitted documents for the cover allowance – from January 1 to July 31 – the income for 2020 was taken into account.