The minimum subsistence level is defined as the minimum socially accepted threshold of monetary income needed to provide for food and other basic needs of life. The minimum subsistence level does not include necessary housing costs. This area is addressed under the state social assistance system by means of a housing allowance and under the system of assistance in material distress by a housing supplement. The living and subsistence minimum is regulated by Act No 110/2006 Coll.
Minimum subsistence level for adults
The monthly amounts of the subsistence minimum depend on the number of people in the household and their age. In the case of an adult individual, the current minimum subsistence amount is CZK 3 860. If more than one adult lives in the same household, the minimum subsistence level for the first adult is CZK 3,550 and CZK 3,200 for each additional adult.
For dependent children, the minimum subsistence amounts are graduated according to age. For children up to 6 years of age, it is CZK 1 970, from 6 to 15 years of age CZK 2 420 and from 15 to 26 years of age CZK 2 770 per month.
Examples of subsistence levels for households with children
- 1 adult and 1 child aged 5 years: 5 520 CZK
- adults and 1 child aged 5 years: 8 720 CZK
- 2 adults and 2 children aged 8 and 16: 11 940 CZK
- 2 adults and 3 children aged 5, 8 and 16: 13 910 CZK
Note: These amounts are valid from 1 April 2020.