The intention of the social assistance benefit is to ensure that Dutch people receive at least the standard amount that applies to them. The amount of social assistance benefit depends, among other things, on the family composition. In the Netherlands we have social services to ensure that everyone has at least a monthly income to get by. People who are unable to earn sufficient income themselves are helped to tie the strings together. The standard amounts are determined twice a year. This happens in January and July. The standard amount increases or decreases with the minimum wage.
Who determines the amount of social assistance benefits?
This is the task of the municipality. They determine the amount of the social assistance benefit. In general, they maintain the standard amount, but they have options to reduce the benefits. They also have the option to provide additional allowances or part of the benefit in kind.
The amount of the standard amounts
The amounts of these amounts differ per group. The benefit recipients are divided into the following groups:
Young people between 18 and 20 years old
Benefit is derived from child benefit
Singles between 27 and 65 years old
50 percent of the minimum wage
Single person with child(ren) between 27 and 65 years old
70 percent of the minimum wage
Married/cohabiting between 27 and 65 years of age
100 percent of the minimum wage
65 years or older
receive AOW benefit
Young people up to 27 years old
This group falls under the Investing in Young People Act (WIJ). This group can also receive social assistance benefits, but they are required to receive a job offer from the municipality. If the young person still needs to attend training, the municipality will ensure that they can follow the necessary training.
Social assistance benefit partly in kind
For people who have difficulty dealing with money, the municipality has the option to partially provide the benefit in kind. For example, the municipality pays certain fixed monthly costs to ensure that benefit recipients cannot spend the money otherwise.
Grant additional allowances
The municipality has the option to increase the benefit of singles with a supplement. They receive 50 to 70 percent of the minimum wage. This can be supplemented with an additional surcharge of up to 20 percent. The standard amount may be too low for these groups of people.
People who are temporarily on social assistance can live more comfortably again as soon as they receive a higher income. Those who receive social assistance benefits for a longer period of time may be entitled to a long-term allowance. The amount of this surcharge is determined by the municipality and can therefore differ per municipality. The benefit recipient must in any case meet the following conditions:
- The benefit recipient is not able to receive a better income through work
- He or she is at least 21 years old (maximum 64 years old);
- The benefit recipient does not have large assets according to social assistance standards;
- Have not previously been eligible for this allowance in the past 12 months;
- Any additional conditions imposed by the municipality.
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