Personal finances and welfare benefits
Are you finding it difficult to manage your personal finances? If so, you can receive free of charge financial counselling with our Budget and Debt Counsellor. You could also be entitled to welfare benefits from the social welfare office. On this page you will also find information about how to make the estate inventory of a deceased family member.
Contact the office for first entrances for initial help If you wish to discuss your financial situation, please contact the office for first entrances. The office for first entrances is open weekdays between 10.00 am and 11.00 am. A social secretary will make an initial judgement of your possibilities of getting welfare benefits.
If you are unemployedIf you need welfare benefits due to unemployment, you must be registered with the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) and actively seek employment. You must also show that you are at the disposal of the labour market by taking jobs or labour market measures you are offered, for example training programmes or work experience.
If you are unable to workIf you are unable to seek employment due to medical reasons, you need a medical certificate to be able to get welfare benefits. You can receive full- or part-time compensation. If you receive part-time compensation, you must be registered with the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) and actively seek employment for the remaining hours adding up to full-time.
Make your own pre-calculation to see if you could get welfare benefitsWe base all of our decisions of welfare benefits on individual assessments, and we can only make such an assessment after you have been in contact with a social welfare secretary at the social welfare office.
You can still get a hint of where you stand compared to the Swedish national standard for welfare benefits using our calculator. Please remember that there are always many different variables that affect the final decision.
Consumer guidesLidingö City Council does not produce any consumer guides, but on this page you will find web links and telephone numbers to the organisations that can help you. The information is in Swedish.
Estate inventoryWhen someone dies, a relative needs to make an estate inventory within three months. Most undertakers and some banks can help you make the estate inventory. In some cases you can make an informal estate inventory deed instead of an estate inventory.
Estate inventory or informal estate inventory deed?If the assets of the estate only cover the funeral costs and there is no realty in the estate, you can make an informal estate inventory deed instead of an estate inventory. Please contact the social welfare board of the council where the deceased lived in order to register an informal estate inventory deed.
If the deceased owned realty, such as real estate or a site-leasehold right, you always need to make an estate inventory. You also need to make an estate inventory if one of the part-owners of the estate requests it. Please send the estate inventory to the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).
How to handle creditorsIf the assets of the estate do not cover debts and funeral costs, do not pay off the debts before the informal estate inventory deed or estate inventory is finished. Stop direct debit payments. Some creditors have priority over others, and you can become obliged to refund the estate if you make payments. You can call the creditors when a bill arrives and ask for three months´ postponement, as from the death. When the informal estate inventory deed is complete, send a copy to the creditors and apply for the debts to be written off. You must order the copy of the deed from the Swedish Tax Agency.
When the assets do not cover the funeral costsIf the assets of the estate do not cover the funeral costs and no relatives are willing to pay, the representative of the estate should contact social welfare services for information about financial aid. Social welfare services can help pay funeral costs with at most 16,960 SEK (2010).
Do you want more information or help making an informal estate inventory deed? Please contact social welfare services.