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I want to receive a single person benefit

From 1 July 2021, are entitled to a single person benefit adults and minors recognized as legally capable, who receive:

  • social assistance old-age pension;
  • social assistance disability pension (except for disabled children under 18 years of age);
  • social assistance compensation awarded and paid to an individual who has reached a retirement age or recognized as having lost 60% or more of his/her working capacity;
  • social pension;
  • pension supplement.*

and have declared their place of residence in the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter – the RL) or included in the records of individuals who have not declared their place of residence, and who meet one of the following requirements:

  • have concluded no marriage neither in the RL nor abroad;
  • the marriage concluded in the RL or abroad has ceased to exist;
  • Have become widows who:
    • in the case of widowhood (in the event of the loss of a breadwinner), receive no social insurance survivors' pension, state survivors' pension, state survivors' annuity and/or a periodic pension benefit from a foreign state, or the amount of the benefit received (the total of these benefits) is less than 28.63 EUR**, or
    • do not receive a social insurance widow's pension and/or a state widow's pension because instead of these widows' pensions they have chosen to receive a social insurance orphan's pension, a benefit orphan's pension and/or a state orphan's pension.

 

* A pension supplement is paid to beneficiaries of social insurance old-age pensions, to beneficiaries of social insurance invalidity pensions, who lost 60% or more of their working capacity, and to beneficiaries of social insurance invalidity pensions, having reached a retirement age, who lost 45-55% of their working capacity, if the amount per month of pensions or pension benefits they receive is less than 260 EUR (a 100% amount of the minimum consumption needs has been established for 2021).

** An amount of a single person benefit from 1 July 2021.

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From 1 January 2022, are entitled to a single person benefit adults and minors recognized as legally capable, who receive:

  • social assistance old-age pension;
  • social assistance disability pension (except for disabled children under 18 years of age);
  • social assistance compensation awarded and paid to an individual who has reached a retirement age or recognized as having lost 60% or more of his/her working capacity;
  • social pension;
  • social insurance old-age pension, except for an early social insurance old-age pension;
  • social insurance old-age pension paid to a person with disability;
  • retirement pension that has been awarded before 31 December 1994, when its beneficiary has reached a retirement age or recognized as having a working capacity of 45% and more;
  • social insurance invalidity pension;
  • old-age pension (temporary benefit) awarded under the international treaties of the RL and/or European Union (hereinafter – the EU), national legislation of EU Member States, European Economic Area countries, the Swiss Confederation and/or under EU regulations on the coordination of social security systems, when its beneficiary has reached a retirement age, or invalidity pension (temporary benefit),

and have declared their place of residence in the RL or included in the records of individuals who have not declared their place of residence, and who meet one of the following requirements:

  • have concluded no marriage neither in the RL nor abroad;
  • the marriage concluded in the RL or abroad has ceased to exist;
  • Have become widows who:
    • in the case of widowhood (in the event of the loss of a breadwinner), receive no social insurance survivors' pension, state survivors' pension, state survivors' annuity and/or a periodic pension benefit from a foreign state, or the amount of the benefit received (the total of these benefits) is less than 32 EUR*, or
    • do not receive a social insurance widow's pension and/or a state widow's pension because instead of these widows' pensions they have chosen to receive a social insurance orphan's pension, a benefit orphan's pension and/or a state orphan's pension.

 

* The amount of a single person benefit from 1 January 2022 

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Individuals may apply for a single person benefit from the date on which entitlement to such benefit arises, however, not later than within 12 months after the date on which entitlement to this benefit arose.

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Request for a single person benefit. It can be submitted:

  1. Online, after having logged in to the personal "Sodra" account for a resident, then having selected Request for a single person benefit.
  2. By telephone, after calling "Sodra" information telephone number 1883 or (+370) 5 250 0883. If you make an oral request by telephone, you will be asked by "Sodra" employee to verify your identity in one of the possible ways of authentication.
  3. By post. The request form can be found here. When a request is sent by post, it must be accompanied by a copy of the identity document certified in accordance with the procedure established by law (for example, by the Notary Public).
  4. Upon arrival at "Sodra" division. You must bring with yourself a Personal Identity Document (for example, a passport or Personal Identity Card, a permanent residence permit granting the right to live in the RL, etc.). Before arriving for the visit, you must be pre-registered, you can do it online by filling in the registration form, or by phone at 1883 or (+370) 5 250 0883.
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Certificate of divorce or extract certifying the marriage dissolution entry (transcript, copy), if there is no data on the marriage in the Population Register of the Republic of Lithuania.

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From 1 July 2021, a single person benefit amounts to 28.63 EUR.

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If If you are entitled to a single person benefit:

  • from 1 July 2021 and submit a request:
    • from 1 July 2021 to 31 October 2021, a decision on award of single person benefit will be made by 30 November 2021 at the latest, and at the same time the calculated arrears of single person benefit, if any, will be paid;
    • from 1 November 2021 – within 20 working days from the date of receipt of the request with all documents and/or data at "Sodra" division.
  • from 1 January 2022 and submit a request:
    • from 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021 – by 30 January 2022 at the latest;
    • from 1 January 2022 – within 20 working days from the date of receipt of the request with all documents and/or data at "Sodra" division.

You can review the decision made after having logged in to the personal "Sodra" account for a resident and having selected a section My benefits, and data about payment of the benefit – after having formed the summary Information on the benefits paid, REP. 01.

A single person benefit is paid monthly for the current calendar month.

A single person benefit is delivered under the same procedure under which a social insurance pension or a social assistance benefit is delivered to you.

For example, if a social assistance old-age pension is delivered to your home, then a single person benefit also will be delivered to your  home. If you receive a social assistance disability pension transferred to your personal account, then you will also receive this benefit in the same account.

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Duration of payment of a single person benefit:

  • A single person benefit may be paid until the end of life or until the payment of the benefit is suspended or terminated;
  • After the death of beneficiary of a single person benefit, the benefit for the month of death is paid, if it has not yet been paid, to individuals who have buried the beneficiary, plus an amount equal to the benefit of one more month.
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The payment of a single person benefit shall be suspended if:

  • The beneficiary becomes a person who has not declared his place of residence in the RL;
  • By a final court judgement, the beneficiary is recognized as a person whose whereabouts are unknown;
  • The payment of the awarded social assistance old-age pension, social assistance disability pension, social assistance compensation, social pension and/or of pension supplement is suspended, unless the payment of these benefits is suspended because:
    • arrest as pre-trial detention measure is imposed on an individual;
    • an individual serves imprisonment sentence in correctional facility which executes imprisonment sentence;
    • the compulsory medical measure under the Criminal Code of the RL - inpatient monitoring under general, enhanced or strict monitoring conditions in a specialised mental health facility has been imposed on the individual;
    • the individual has become an insured person who is compulsorily covered by the state pension social insurance.

Payment of a single person benefit shall be suspended from the first day of the next calendar month following the calendar month in which one of the above circumstances occurred.

 

The payment of a single person benefit shall be terminated if:

  • The payment of the awarded social assistance old-age pension, social assistance disability pension, social assistance compensation, social pension and / or pension supplement to the beneficiary is suspended;
  • The beneficiary has declared the fact of leaving the RL;
  • The beneficiary has concluded a marriage in the RL or abroad;
  • In the case of widowhood (in the event of the loss of a breadwinner), the beneficiary receives, as a widow/widower, a social insurance survivors' pension, state survivors' pension, state survivors' annuity and/or a periodic pension benefit from a foreign state, the amount of which (the total of these benefits) exceeds 28.63 EUR*.

 

* The amount of a single person benefit from 1 July 2021

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"Sodra" has to be informed, not later than within 10 working days, of:

  • conclusion of marriage in the RL or abroad;
  • award in a foreign country of a periodic pension benefit in the case of widowhood (in the event of the loss of a breadwinner); 
  • leaving the country to live in another country.

In the event of failure to notify within the established time limit of circumstances affecting the payment of a single person benefit, the overpaid amount of this benefit will be recovered from you in accordance with the procedure established by law.

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Update date: 2021-07-23
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