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Factsheet for measure CY-2024-8/3491 – measures in Cyprus

Lump-sum support for households

Εφάπαξ στήριξη σε νοικοκυριά

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 21 February 2024 – 31 March 2024
Context Cost of Living Crisis
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Measure added 27 February 2024 (updated 13 March 2024)

Background information

The measure is among a new package of measures announced on 21 February 2024 upon the decision of the Cabinet. It aims to respond to the increasing needs of the households as determined by the on-going increases of prices of essential goods, services, electricity and fuels. It is a one-off support measures targeting particular social groups.

Content of measure

Beneficiaries of the measure are the state beneficiary recipients of the Deputy Ministry of Social Welfare of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurances. Beneficiaries will receive a lump-sum support payment on the basis of income criteria, which have not yet been announced.

The beneficiary groups are single and two parent households. They will receive a lump sum payment with the maximum amount of €250 for every child. Households with more than four (4) dependent children will receive an additional amount. Minimum Guaranteed Income recipients that are not included in the above two household categories will also receive a corresponding amount.

Use of measure

It is expected, according to the estimation of the Ministry of Finance, that more than 27,000 households will benefit from the measure.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses People on social benefits

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


There was no involvement of social partners in the decision for the adoption of the measure and the designing. The Ministry of Finance has decided about the measure, which was approved by the Cabinet. The Deputy Ministry of Welfare is the responsible subject for the implementation of the measure.

Views and reactions

The whole package of the support measures received harsh criticism from both the opposition political parties and the Pancyprian Federation of Labour (PEO). It has been characterised as insufficient and incomplete as it does not correspond to the increasing needs of households. For the particular measure, the criticism is directed mostly towards the exclusion of pensioners and people with disabilities from the beneficiary list.



Eurofound (2024), Lump-sum support for households , measure CY-2024-8/3491 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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