Benefit WE calculate: how much money do I get?

Standards as of July 1, 2011. What are the standards in the context of the Investing in Young People Act (WIJ) in 2011? When are you entitled to WIJ? How much benefit do you receive as a single parent? You can read here how much benefit you can receive if you have to fall back on WIJ. The table provides an overview of all standards for different target groups. The standards apply as of July 1, 2011.

What is the WE?

WIJ stands for Investing in Youth Act. This is a new law that has been in effect since October 1, 2009. This law replaces the Work and Social Assistance Act (WWB) for young people up to the age of 27. This means that as a young person you will no longer receive social assistance benefits from the municipal social services. Instead, you will receive an offer for training or work. The aim of the WIJ is to keep young people active.

Who is WE for?

If you want to claim WIJ, certain rules apply. The municipality makes an offer for work or training, the so-called work/learning offer. The condition to be eligible for the WIJ is that you are not older than 26 years.

Are you a (single) parent?

As a (single) parent you can also claim WIJ. It doesn’t matter how many children you have. If your child is younger than five years old, you as a parent do not have to work, but you are allowed to. The municipality will then help you find care for your child(ren).

When will the WE stop for you?

The WIJ stops when one of the following situations occurs:

  • you have found work that earns you enough money
  • you are starting a course for which you are entitled to student financing
  • you turn 27 (you then transfer to the WWB)

Overview of WIJ standards as of July 1, 2011

In the table you can read what the amount of the WIJ benefit is for certain target groups. The standards mentioned in the table apply per month. The following articles from the WIJ were used as sources: 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

  • standards as of July 1, 2011
  • vt = holiday allowance

Standards for single persons (Article 26 WIJ)

excluding vt

vt (5.0%)

a. 18 to 20 years

216.64

11.40

b. 21 years not sharing a home

626.93

33.00

c. Not sharing a home for 22 years

752.31

39.60

d. 23 to 26 years old not sharing a home

877.71

46.20

e. Home sharing for 21 years

626.93

33.00

f. Home sharing for 22 years

626.93

33.00

g. 23 to 26 years old sharing a home

777.39

40.92

Single parent standards (Article 27 WIJ)

excluding vt

vt (5.0%)

a. 18 to 20 years

467.41

24.60

b. 21 to 26 years old not sharing a home

1,128.48

59.39

c. 21 to 26 years old sharing a home

1,028.17

54.11

Standards for married persons (Article 28 WIJ) Persons without dependent children (paragraph 1)

excluding vt

vt (5.0%)

a. married people, both aged 18 to 20, not sharing a home

433.28

22.80

b. married people, both aged 18 to 20, sharing a home

420.74

22.14

c. married people, one aged 18 to 20, the other aged 21 to 26, not sharing a home

843.57

44.40

d. married people, one aged 18 to 20, the other aged 21 to 26, sharing a home

831.03

43.74

e. married people, both aged 21 to 26, not sharing a home

1,253.86

65.99

f. married people, both aged 21 to 26, sharing a home

1,241.32

65.33

Persons with dependent children (paragraph 2)

excluding vt

vt (5.0%)

a. married people, both aged 18 to 20, not sharing a home

684.05

36.00

b. married people, both aged 18 to 20, sharing a home

671.51

35.34

c. married people, one aged 18 to 20, the other aged 21 to 26, not sharing a home

1,094.34

57.60

d. married people, one aged 18 to 20, the other aged 21 to 26, sharing a home

1,081.80

56.94

e. married people, both aged 21 to 26, not sharing a home

1,253.86

65.99

f. married people, both aged 21 to 26, sharing a home

1,241.32

65.33

Standards in furnishings (Article 29 paragraph 1 WIJ)

excluding vt

vt (5.0%)

a. single or single parent

279.22

14.70

b. married people

434.29

22.86

Standards in design (Article 29 paragraph 1 WIJ) including increase (Article 29 paragraph 2 WIJ)

excluding vt

vt (5.0%)

a. single or single parent

321.97

16.95

b. married people

513.14

27.01

Other amounts from the WIJ

More amounts are mentioned in the WIJ. The table below shows all other amounts that appear in the law in addition to the standards mentioned above. The amounts apply as of July 1, 2011 .

Increase when staying in an institution (Article 29 paragraph 2 WIJ)

amount

a. single or single parent

45.00

b. married people

83.00

Holiday allowance (Article 36 paragraph 1 WIJ)

percentage

Holiday bonus

5%