Social assistance standards

Social assistance is financial help from the municipality for people who don't have enough money to live on. It's also known as social assistance benefit (bijstandsuitkering). The amount you receive depends on your income and savings. The municipality supplements your income up to the minimum monthly amount you need to live on, called the social assistance standard. We also refer to the social assistance standard as the social minimum.

How to apply for social assistance

If you don't have enough money or savings, you can apply for social assistance. To find out how to apply and what you need to qualify, check our page bijstandsuitkering (in Dutch only).

Social assistance standard and schemes for people on a low income

If you apply for a low-income scheme, we'll use the social assistance standard to decide if you can get money and how much. We'll also consider your age and living situation. Typically, these support schemes are calculated at 110 per cent of the social assistance standard, though occasionally it could be 120 or 130 per cent.

What amount applies to me?

Below are the figures for 100, 110, 120, and per cent of the social assistance standard. This will help you determine which category your income falls into. The listed amounts are the net monthly sums for 2024, excluding holiday pay. 'Net' indicates the amount remaining after taxes and deductions.

Got questions about social assistance standards?

Check out our frequently asked questions section (in Dutch only) for answers to common questions.

Are you 18, 19, or 20? Contact us

Benefits and low-income schemes are usually for people older than 21. But if you're 18, 19, or 20, not in school, and don't have enough money, you might still be eligible for social assistance.

Whether you can get money, and how much, depends on if you live alone and if your parents can help pay for things like food, housing, and education. If they can't, you'll need to show us. Please contact us; we're here to help.

  • Home situationEntitled to a pension?100 per cent per month is:
    Married or cohabiting, over 18Neither of you are entitled to a pension yet1,742.34
     At least 1 of you is entitled to a pension1,835.70
    Single or single parent, over 18You are not entitled to a pension yet1,219.64
     You are entitled to a pension1,354.47
  • Home situationEntitled to a pension?110 per cent per month is:
    Married or cohabiting, over 18Neither of you are entitled to a pension yet1,916.57
     At least 1 of you is entitled to a pension2,019.27
    Single or single parent, over 18You are not entitled to a pension yet1,341.60
     You are entitled to a pension1,489.92
  • Home situationEntitled to a pension?120 per cent per month is:
    Married or cohabiting, over 18Neither of you are entitled to a pension yet2,090.81
     At least 1 of you is entitled to a pension2,202.84
    Single or single parent, over 18You are not entitled to a pension yet1,463.57
     You are entitled to a pension1,625,.36
  • Home situationEntitled to a pension?130 per cent per month is:
    Married or cohabiting, over 18Neither of you are entitled to a pension yet2,265.04
     At least 1 of you is entitled to a pension2,386.41
    Single or single parent, over 18You are not entitled to a pension yet1,585.53
     You are entitled to a pension1,760.81