Belgium

Basic country data

  • Population 60 and over (2018)
  • 2,863,517
  • % of total
  • 24.9%
  • Population 60 and over (2050)
  • 4,051,429
  • % of total
  • 35.2%
  • Does the country have a social pension?
  • Yes
  • Region
  • Europe & Central Asia
  • Income group
  • High income

Data on social pensions

IGO/GRAPA (Income Guarantee for the Elderly)

Basic scheme information

Data on social pensions

  • Name of pension or programme
  • IGO/GRAPA (Income Guarantee for the Elderly)
  • Year first social pension introduced
  • 2001
  • Legislative Underpinning
  • Act of 1st April 1969 on guaranteed pensions for the elderly/ 2001 Guaranteed income

2012

Government of Belgium: Social security: everything you have always wanted to know

Government of Belgium: La Grapa (webpage) (French)

Eligibility criteria

Adequacy

  • Monthly benefit (local currency)
  • 1,031.93 Euros
  • US$
  • 1,113
  • % of GDP per capita
  • 34.5%
  • $ PPP
  • 1,240.3
  • % of $1.90 poverty line (PPP)
  • 2,146%
  • Local amount detailed/other benefits
  • Two beneficiaries living the same residence who are not married or cohabitating each receive the individual allowance. A two yearly evaluation of supplementary indexation on top of inflation became legally binding in 2006.
  • References and notes

2011

HelpAge Correspondence with Rijksdienst voor Pensioenen

Coverage

  • Number of recipients
  • 92,999
  • Coverage of population over the age of eligibility
  • 4.9%
  • Coverage of population 60+
  • 3.6%
  • References and notes

2013

HelpAge calculations

Cost

  • Total cost (local currency)
  • 1,151,621,496.84 Euros
  • Cost as % of GDP
  • 0.3%
  • References and notes

Resources on the pension in Belgium

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