Targeted state social assistance (TSSA) is a financial assistance provided by the state to low-income families.
The right to social assistance is available to low-income families whose average monthly income, is below the sum of the criteria of need for each family member for reasons beyond their control (family members are unable to work, an able-bodied member of the family cares for a person diagnosed with a disability due to 81-100 percent impairment of body functions, a person diagnosed with a disability under the age of 18 or a child under the age of 8, receiving full-time education up to the age of 23, a state body in the relevant executive authority or being registered as unemployed due to the liquidation of a legal entity or the reduction of the number of employees or staff, death, being considered missing or dead by a court, deprivation of liberty, the whereabouts of a family member being unknown).
The following basic definitions are used in the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On Addressed State Social Assistance":
1. Criteria of need
The limit approved for each year together with the state budget for the purpose of determining the targeted state social assistance, depending on the subsistence level for the main socio-demographic groups of the population.
Note: The limit of the need criteria for 2023 for the purpose of determining the targeted state social assistance was approved in the amount of 246 manats.
2. The concept of family
Persons related, living together, having a common household or living alone due to kinship or other characteristics determined by law.
3. Family income
All types of income of family members, including gifts to family members, a collection of income in cash and in kind, obtained or to be obtained from property, property belonging to family members, personal subsidiary plots.
Note: When calculating the average monthly income of the family, the following are deducted from the income of the family:
4. Monthly average family income
Average monthly income of the family
The average monthly income of the family is calculated by dividing by 12 the total income of the family members during the 12 (twelve) consecutive months preceding the application.
5. Low-income family
A family with an average monthly income below the aggregate of the need criteria for each family member.
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