Data on municipal social assistance are used to find out the number of persons receiving municipal social assistance and expenditures of municipal social assistance benefits.


Benefit for ensuring the guaranteed minimum income level — a benefit in cash and kind or a benefit in cash or kind which is granted to families or separately living persons who, due to objective circumstances, do not gain sufficient income and who are recognised to be needy. This benefit shall ensure the guaranteed minimum income level for each family member.

Social assistance — a benefit in cash or in kind the granting of which is based on the evaluation of the material resources of persons (families) who lack the means to satisfy basic needs.

Basic needs — food, clothing, housing, health care, compulsory education

Housing allowance is a municipal social benefit provided for in a residential tenancy or management and utility services or fuel purchase expenses related to the partial cover.

Data availability

Dissemination format and Release calendar

Theme Reference period Planned release datesort icon Remarks
Social assistance
  • 2017
Local government social services
  • 2017

Theme Reference period Actual release datesort icon Remarks
Social assistance
  • 2016
Social assistance
  • 2015
Social assistance
  • 2014

Customised data sets

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Data collection

Survey method and source data

Data source used to acquire the data is the report of the Ministry of Welfare "Social services and social aid in country/local government of the city under state jurisdiction in 20X".

Data included in the report cover country as a whole and total numbers in cities under state jurisdiction, as well as breakdown by country.

Data revision

The published data are final and will not be adjusted.


Comparability over time

Data are available since 2000.

Other comparability

Ministry of Welfare

Ministry of Welfare on its home page publishes information on social services and social assistance in country/local government.

Contact person on methodology

Name Surname Phone number Position E-mail
Kārlis Smudzis +371 67366948 senior officer Karlis [dot] Smudzis [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv

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Expenditure on social protection (ESSPROS)

Local government social services

Number of pension, state social benefit and allowance recipients, pension and benefit amounts

Purchasing power of employed and pensioners

Explanation of symbols


Magnitude zero


Less than half of the unit employed


Data not available or too uncertain for presentation


Figure not applicable because column heading and stub line make entry impossible, absurd or meaningless


Data not released for confidentiality reasons

If data are absolute numbers


Magnitude zero