New legislation that provides for economic assistance for parents or carers of children who suffer from cancer or other serious illnesses came into force this month, but with retroactive effect from January 2011.
The legislation contemplates a list of 108 illnesses that may be updated from time to time by Ministerial Order and applies typically to those parents of children who are suffering serious illnesses who are making contributions to the social security system in Spain.
The object of the new legislation is to compensate the parent who suffers a loss of income by reducing their working hours in order to provide care for their seriously-ill child. The compensation will amount to 100% of the regulatory base that would be applicable if the parent was to claim sickness benefit ie the amount received is the same as that which the parent would receive if they were to claim sickness benefit.
In order to qualify for the benefit, apart from being the parent of a child in such circumstances is to be registered for the purposes of social security and to have made a minimum number of contributions. The payments end when the need for direct continuous and permanent care of the child ends or when the child reaches the age of eighteen.
The application form can be downloaded from the Social Security website from where more information (in Spanish only) can be obtained here