Calculate WWB benefits: how much money do I get?

What are the standards in the context of the Work and Social Assistance Act (WWB) in 2012? When are you entitled to assistance? You can read here how much money you can get if you have to fall back on social assistance. The table provides an overview of all standards for different target groups. The standards apply as of January 1, 2012. Each standard indicates how much money you will receive. If you are having problems with social services about your benefits, you can get free advice about this from some law firms.

When are you entitled to social assistance?

If you no longer have work, you can fall back on unemployment benefits for a certain period. After the unemployment benefit has stopped, you switch to social assistance, the WWB benefit. The municipality in which you live provides this. You can submit an application for WWB benefits at the municipal counter. The municipal social services assess whether you are entitled to benefits under the Work and Social Assistance Act. They apply the following conditions:

  • you have insufficient income from work, unemployment benefits or other benefits
  • your assets should not be too great
  • you are no longer entitled to other schemes, such as unemployment benefit or student financing
  • you are at least 18 years old
  • you reside legally in the Netherlands

Have you been denied social assistance benefits and need help (e.g. a lawyer)?

If you have problems with social services about the amount of your social assistance benefit, or if your benefit has even been refused, you can ask for help. There are law firms that provide free advice about the situation you are in. After you have received the advice, you can always decide whether you want to hire a lawyer. So you are not immediately tied to it.

Overview of WWB standards as of January 1, 2012

In the table you can read what the amount of the WWB benefit is for certain target groups. The standards mentioned in the table apply per month. The following articles from the WWB were used as sources: 21, 22, 23 and 25.

  • standards as of January 1, 2012
  • vt = holiday allowance

Group

Per month (excl vt)

Home sharing allowance (excl vt)

Total net (excl vt)

Per month (incl vt)

Shared household

Both partners between 21 and 65 years old

       

a. home sharing (standard -1%)

1,256.90

 

1,256.90

1,323.06

b. not home sharing

1,269.60

 

1,269.60

1,336.42

Both partners > 65 years

1,342.07

 

1,342.07

1,412.71

One partner > 65 years, the other < 65 years

1,342.07

 

1,342.07

1,412.71

Both < 21 years old with child

692.65

 

692.65

729.10

a. home sharing without additional assistance

679.95

 

679.95

715.74

Both < 21 years old without child

438.73

 

438.73

461.82

a. home sharing without additional assistance

426.03

 

426.03

448.46

One partner 21 years or older with child

1,108.08

 

1,108.08

1,166.40

a. home sharing without additional assistance

1,095.38

 

1,095.38

1,153.04

One partner 21 years or older without a child

854.16

 

854.16

899.12

a. home sharing without additional assistance

841.47

 

841.47

885.76

Single parent between 21 and 65 years old

a. home sharing

888.72

152.35

1,041.07

1,095.86

b. not home sharing

888.72

253.92

1,142.63

1,202.77

Single parent > 65 years

1,227.02

 

1,227.02

1,291.60

Single, not sharing a home

a. 23 to 65 years

634.80

253.92

888.72

935.49

b. 22 years old

634.80

126.96

761.76

801.85

c. 21 years

634.80

 

634.80

668.21

d. > 65 years

975.03

 

975.03

1,026.35

Single, home sharing

a. 23 to 65 years

634.80

152.35

787.15

828.58

b. 22 years old

634.80

 

634.80

668.21

c. 21 years

634.80

 

634.80

668.21

d. > 65 years

975.03

 

975.03

1,026.35

 

Single 18 to 20 years old

219.36

 

219.36

230.91

 

Single parent aged 18 to 20

473.28

 

473.28

498.19

School dropout

a. single-parent family

888.72

152.35

1,041.07

1,095.86

b. single

634.80

 

634.80

668.21

Standards for admission to an institution

a. single/single parent

281.45

 

281.45

296.26

b. married people

437.75

 

437.75

460.79

Increase upon admission to an institution

a. single/single parent

46.55

 

46.55

49.00

b. married people

88.35

 

88.35

93.00

Other amounts from the WWB

More amounts are mentioned in the WWB. The table below shows all other amounts that appear in the law in addition to the standards mentioned above. The most current date is indicated per section.

Resources released as of January 1, 2011 (Article 31, paragraph 2, WWB)

amount

j. one-off premium in the context of a provision aimed at labor integration

2,267.00

o. 25% of the income from work, maximum per month

190.00

Income from student loans as of January 1, 2011 (Article 33, paragraph 2, WWB)

amount

a. student living at home, per calendar month

310.23

b. student living away from home, per calendar month

557.27

Pension releases as of January 1, 2011 (Article 33, paragraph 5, WWB)

amount

a. single and single parent, per calendar month

18.40

b. married couples together, per calendar month

36.80

Asset releases as of January 1, 2011 (Article 34 WWB)

amount

Paragraph 2 part d: assets tied to the home

46,900.00

Paragraph 3 part a: asset limit for single person

5,555.00

Paragraph 3 part b: asset limit for single parent

11,110.00

Paragraph 3, part c: asset limit of married couples together

11,110.00

Threshold amount of special assistance as of January 1, 2011 (Article 35, paragraph 2, WWB)

amount

threshold amount per 12 months

122.00

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