Supplementary Benefits

Supplementary benefits (SB) are paid out according to the financial needs of the person concerned. They are paid out to recipients drawing a pension for old-age or disability who live in Switzerland and are unable to cover minimum living costs with their total income. The SB thus follow the principle of finality and differ structurally to social insurances that are paid out regardless of need following the principle of causality.

According to the principle of subsidiarity they precede economic social assistance – i.e. social assistance in a narrower sense – and are functionally considered together with this as social assistance in a broader sense.

Financing

Supplementary benefits are financed out of tax revenue by the federal authorities, the cantons and partly by the municipalities. They are not paid for by contributions on salaries.

Statistical data

The main data on financing and supplementary benefits of AHV and IV recipients can be found at the Federal Social Insurance Office The findings of the supplementary benefits AHV/IV statistics can be accessed in the form of detailed data on the German and French webpages.

Main results about supplementary benefits, 2018

Number of supplementary benefits recepients

328,100

Number of supplementary benefits recepients to the AHV

209,200

Number of supplementary benefits recepients to the survivors insurance

3,800

Number of supplementary benefits recepients to the IV

115,100

Total expenditures for supplementary benefits

5,044 mio CHF 

Source: Federal Social Insurance Office FSIO, Supplementary benefits statistics

Further information

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Statistical sources and concepts

Contact

Federal Statistical Office Section Social Welfare
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

info.social@bfs.admin.ch

Tel.
+41 58 463 64 21

Remark

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