Over the past two decades, pension reforms have been high on the agenda of social policy makers in urope. In many countries, these reforms have resulted in less generous public pensions. At the same time, minimum income protection for older adults has received attention from policy makers, but much less so from social policy researchers. Therefore, this study explored how benefit levels of non‐ contributory minimum income schemes for older adults evolved from 1992 to 2012 in 13 ‘old’ member states. Building on two cross‐national longitudinal datasets with comparative data on minimum income protection in urope, the study shows that over the past 20 years, the erosion of the principal safety net of last resort for older persons has been limited. Moreover, a substantial number of european countries have pursued a deliberate policy of considerably increasing minimum income benefits.