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Factsheet for case CZ-2020-43/1304 – measures in Czechia

Simplified procedures to obtain one-time benefit for people in material distress

Mimořádná okamžitá pomoc COVID-19

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, started on 19 October 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Soňa Veverková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs) and Eurofound
Case created 22 October 2020 (updated 30 October 2020)

Background information

Extraordinary immediate assistance is a one-time benefit based for Act No. 111/2006, on assistance to people in material distress. It supports those whose income is lower than the amount of the subsistence minimum and are not able to solve their situation in any other way (unemployment benefit, support from family etc.). Citizens in need can apply at the Labour Office and have to provide their overall financial and material situation.

Extraordinary immediate assistance COVID-19 has introduced an easier administrative process for people in need - in place of providing overall financial and material situation, the applicant provides information on his/her current account balance.

Content of measure

Eligible are in general people, who are in need because of anti-COVID-19 pandemic measure (typically single mothers staying with children at home as a result of schools closure).

Citizens in need can apply at the Labour Office and have to provide their current financial situation by the statement of their account and by proving the income and common expenditures of the household (rent or mortgage, food, energy bills etc.).

After the complex evaluation of a particular case, Labour Office than decides if the applicant is supported or not. The minimum and maximum amount is not settled and depends on the decision of Labour Office.

The benefit can be used to cover rent or mortgage, food, clothes, energy, internet and phone expenditure. It cannot cover any other expenditures.

Use of measure

No information available by now.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Other groups of citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public employment service
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

Social partners, which are members of the tripartite body (Council of economic and social agreement, Rada hospodářské a sociální dohody, RHSD) were informed and consulted in both formal (requested by institutional settings) and informal ways. They are not involved in the management of policy measures.

Views and reactions

Supportive.

Sources

  • 19 October 2020: Labour Office: MOP COVID-19 Information for applicants/Úřad práce: MOP COVID-19 Informace pro žadatele (www.uradprace.cz)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Simplified procedures to obtain one-time benefit for people in material distress, case CZ-2020-43/1304 (measures in Czechia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.