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WELFARE PROVISIONS

Bijstand (Social assistance)



Financing Body      

State

Beneficiaries

People who do not have enough money to cover their living expenses and are not eligible for other benefits.

Types of workers who are not entitled to the social assistance:

  • If the surplus value of your home (homeowners) is above € 49.900 there are restrictions
  • If the own capital resources are above €5.920 there are potentially some restrictions
  • Under 18 years old
  • Not entitled when living in the Netherlands illegally
  • If you are in prison or in a remand centre you are excluded
  • If you are unwilling to participate in activities offered by your local authorities aimed at finding paid employment, you are excluded
  • If you are abroad more than 4 weeks
  • Those fulfilling military or compulsory military service
  • Those not participating in labour because of work interruption or strike
  • Those younger than 27 who can get an education and are entitled to a student grant
Rates of the benefit

Rates shown are net monthly amounts as of January 2015

Family situation Person living alone

Age 18 to 20

Benefit €225.30

Holiday allowance €11.86

 

Family situation Person living alone

Age 21 to AOW pension age

Benefit €912.79

Holiday allowance €48.04

 

Family situation Person living alone

Age 21 to AOW pension age, with 1 co-resident

Benefit €651.99

Holiday allowance €34.32

 

Family situation Person living alone

Age 21 to AOW pension age, with 2 co-residents

Benefit €565.06

Holiday allowance €29.74

 

Family situation Person living alone

Age 21 to AOW pension age, with 3 co-residents

Benefit €521.60

Holiday allowance €27.45

 

Family situation Family

Age both partners aged 18 to 20, without children

Benefit €450.60

Holiday allowance €23.72

 

Family situation Family

Age Both partners aged 18 to 20, with children

Benefit €711.40

Holiday allowance €37.44

 

Family situation Family

Age Family member under 21 without children

Benefit €877.0

Holiday allowance €46.17

 

Family situation Family

Age Family member under 21, with children

Benefit €1,138.09

Holiday allowance €59.90

 

Family situation Family

Age Both partners aged 21 to AOW pension age

Benefit €1,303.99

Holiday allowance €68.63

 

Family situation Family

Age Both partners aged 21 to AOW pension age, with 1 co-resident

Benefit €1,130.12

Holiday allowance €59.48

 

Family situation Family

Age Both partners aged 21 to AOW pension age, with 2 co-residents

Benefit €1,043.20

Holiday allowance €54.91

 

Family situation Family

Age Both partners aged 21 to AOW pension age, with 3 co-residents

Benefit €991.04

Holiday allowance €52.16

 

Duration of benefit

The benefit will stop if:

  • If above criteria are no longer met.
  • If the beneficiary finds a job.
  • If the beneficiary entitled to a pension (AOW).
  • When the beneficiary dies.
 

Claim procedures

You can either claim Social Assistance in person at the city counsel or online via www.werk.nl. The following data is requested:

- name, date of birth, social security number, nationality and residence permit

- income data (wages, alimony, tax refunds)

- data on assets (property, securities, amount of your debts)

- amount of mortgage or rent

- start and (possible) expiry date of your employment with your last employer

- bank accounts

If you live with a partner or spouse, this will affect your allowance. You must apply together. Also living with roommates can affect the amount (see above).

 

Application Forms

Available online via www.werk.nl after logging in or at the city counsel.

Jurisdiction

State, but executed by municipalities (if the money provided by the state is insufficient, the municipalities have to compliment it)

Applicable statutory basis

 

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