When am I eligible for the participation allowance?
The participation allowance is open to every member of your family. Only students are excluded from the scheme.
The participation allowance for the children must be applied for by the parent who receives the Child Benefit allowance.
Your income must be less than 20% above the social security standard. The precise amounts are listed below. Your net monthly income, excluding holiday pay is no more than:
|Single (or a single parent)||1,131.02 Euros|
|Married or living together||1,615.74 Euros|
|Single (or a single parent)||1,271,65 Euros|
|Married or living together||1,739.00 Euros|
Pension release from the age of entitlement to a state pension
Do you receive a supplementary pension in addition to your state pension? If you apply to us for an income scheme, we will exclude 19.65 Euros per month when calculating your income.
Calculate your entitlement
Would you like to know whether you are eligible for the participation allowance and other income schemes? You can calculate this yourself at berekenuwrechtplus.nl.
What is the amount of the participation allowance?
The amount you receive depends on the age bracket you, any partner and/or children are in.
Per family member, age on 1 January
|Amount for all of 2018|
0 to 4 years
4 to 12 years
12 to 18 years
18 years to the age of entitlement to a state pension
Age of entitlement to a state pension and older
For children up to 18 years, the allowance is paid out in August, at the beginning of the new school year (as long as the complete application was received by us at least 8 weeks previously). For adults, the allowance is paid out 4 weeks after the date on the letter awarding the allowance.
When can I apply for the participation allowance?
For 2018, applications can be made from 1 February 2018. Because we ask you to enclose your income statement from the last full month before your application, it is not possible to apply for the participation allowance in January.
How do I apply for the participation allowance?
You apply online for the participation allowance (that is possible from 1 Februari). Log in using DigiD and enter your details. You can also attach the required documentary evidence:
- a valid identity document (not a driving licence) for you and your partner, if you have one;
- documentary evidence of your income and that of your partner, if you have one;
- statements from the last full calendar month of all your bank accounts and those of your partner, if you have one;
- the provisional tax bill for the current calendar year (if you’ve already received one);
- the divorce decree stating the alimony agreement (where relevant);
- you and your partner's (if you have one) residence permits.
If necessarywe may require you to provide more documentary evidence.
When do I hear whether I am to receive the participation allowance?
Did you enclose all the documents required with your application? You will receive a letter from us within 8 weeks, telling you whether or not you are eligible for the participation allowance. Make sure you provide all the information required, in order to prevent any delay in the handling of your application.
Is there someone who can help me with my application?
If you have difficulty completing the online form (only in Dutch) and uploading the required documentary evidence, ask someone you know if they will help you. If that isn't possible, you can get help from an independent client support official, at no charge.
Making applications to the municipality is quickest through DigiD. If you don't yet have a DigiD, and you don't manage to request one through www.digid.nl, the client support officer can help you with this too.
We can also send you an application form by post. To arrange that, phone the municipality on 14 040.