How an internally displaced child can claim “loss of breadwinner” pension rights or receive direct social assistance

“Loss of breadwinner” pension rights  are assigned to a child of a deceased sole provider, breadwinner, up to the age of 18 or, in the case of full-time students, 23 years of age. The legal representative of a child, or a child of a deceased breadwinner who has reached the age of 18, should apply in person to the Department of Social Protection and Labour (DSPL) and submit mandatory documents, as follows:

  • application form according to the sample
  • passport
  • unique tax reference (UTR) number
  • for a child who has reached the age of 18 – certificate from the educational institution indicating that the child is a full-time student.
  • IDP certificate
  • deceased breadwinner’s documents
  • breadwinner’s death certificate or a court decision declaring  the breadwinner as missing or deceased.
  • proof of age documents (in case it is not stated in a death certificate or a court decision, for example, birth certificate)
  • for the period of work till 01.01.2014 – the documents on work experience (for example, employment book, other documents provided in the workplace, archival institutions. In case there are no documents, provide any other documents – certificates, extracts from orders, personal accounts and payslips, IDs, written employment agreement)
  • for the period of work beginning 01.01.2014 – the information used in the Pension Fund (certificate from the database of the State register of obligatory national social insurance)

A child can also submit:

  1. UTR number of deceased breadwinner
  2. certificate of family composition of a deceased breadwinner and copies of documents confirming blood relationships with the deceased.

However, what is to be done in cases where deceased person did not have an insurance record?

Without an insurance record , it is impossible to qualify for a pension, but one can qualify for state social assistance paid to the legal representative of the child until his/her adulthood, or  paid directly to a full-time student from the age of 18 to 23. In order to qualify for state social assistance, the legal representative of a child, or a child of a deceased breadwinner who has reached the age of 18, should apply in person to the Department of Social Protection and Labour (DSPL) and submit mandatory documents, as follows:

  • application form according to the sample
  • copy of the IDP certificate (providing original)
  • copy of the birth certificate or a copy of passport of Ukraine (providing original)
  • copy of UTR
  • copies of documents confirming blood relationships with the deceased (if available, for instance, birth certificate)
  • copy of breadwinner’s death certificate or a court decision declaring the breadwinner as missing or deceased (providing original)
  • for a child who has reached the age of 18 – certificate from the educational institution indicating that the child is a full-time student.

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