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Factsheet for measure DK-2020-40/1245 – measures in Denmark

One-time payment for welfare beneficiaries

Engangstilskud til modtagere af forsørgelsesydelser

Country Denmark , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 October 2020 – 31 October 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 05 October 2020 (updated 15 October 2020)

Background information

The payment is paid out as part of the Danish economic relief package in response to the Coronavirus crisis. The payment is part of the political agreement on 15 June 2020 where the Danish Government and a large majority of the political parties in the Parliament agreed to phase out the compensation schemes and replace them with a recovery package that will boost the Danish economy after the Corona crisis.

Content of measure

The one-time payment of DKK 1,000 will automatically be paid out to those who have received either pensions benefits, labour market benefits such as unemployment benefit and educational benefits such as the State Educational Grant (SU).

To receive the one-time payment of DKK 1,000 the citizen must have received all or part of his/her benefit for the period of 1 April to 30 April 2020. It does not matter on which date the citizen received the benefit, as long as the benefit was payed out for the month of April.

The one-time payment cannot be used to recover public or private debt.

Use of measure

About 2.2 million citizens will automatically receive the one-time payment of DKK 1,000 during October 2020.

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
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


No involvement

Views and reactions



  • 15 June 2020: Aftale om udfasning af hjælpepakker, stimuli-initiativer og eksportinitiativer (


Eurofound (2020), One-time payment for welfare beneficiaries, measure DK-2020-40/1245 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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