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:
|Under 21y without children||
incl. holiday pay
|excl. holiday pay|
|Single 18-20y||305.27 Euros||290.00 Euros|
|Married/living together both 18-20y||610.54 Euros||580.01 Euros|
|Married/living together 18-20/≥21y||1188.49 Euros||1129.07 Euros|
|Under 21y with children||
incl. holiday pay
|excl. holiday pay|
|Single parent 18-20y||305.27 Euros||290.00 Euros|
|Married/living together both 18-20y||963.83 Euros||915.64 Euros|
|Married/living together 18-20/≥21y||1541.78 Euros||1464.69 Euros|
|21y - age of entitlement to a state pension||incl. holiday pay||excl. holiday pay|
|Single (parent)||1236.50 Euros||1174.68 Euros|
|Married/living together||1766.44 Euros||1678.11 Euros|
|From age of entitlement to a state pension||incl. holiday pay||excl. holiday pay|
|Single (parent)||1384.84 Euros||1315.59 Euros|
|Married/living together||1885.80 Euros||1791.51 Euros|
|Living in institution or care home||incl. holiday pay||excl. holiday pay|
|Single (parent)||433.54 Euros||411.86 Euros|
|Married/living together||699.01 Euros||664.06 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 20.25 Euros 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 2019||Amount for all of 2019|
|0 to 4 years||184 Euros|
|4 to 12 years||254 Euros|
|12 to 18 years||497 Euros|
|18 years to the age of entitlement to a state pension||157 Euros|
|Age of entitlement to a state pension and older||290 Euros|
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.
How do I apply for the participation allowance?
You apply online for the participation allowance from 4 Februari until 31 December 2019 (only in Dutch). Log in using DigiD and enter your details. You can also attach the required documentary evidence:
- 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);
If necessary we may require you to provide more documentary evidence.
When can I apply for the participation allowance?
For 2019, applications can be made online, from 4 February until 31 December 2019 (only in Dutch). 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.
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.
If you have been granted Participation Allowance, you are also entitled to free bus travel, a reduced-price library membership and discount tickets for a swimming pool. Read on to find out when and how you can make use of these.
Free bus travel
- Participation Allowance 2019 granted up till 9 November 2019 = in December an invitation for free bus travel
Reduced-price library membership
- Participation Allowance 2019 granted before 12 August 2019 = invitation for reduced-price library membership from 1 October to 1 October
Discount tickets swimming pool
Everyone receiving the Participation Allowance pays less for an entrance ticket to De Tongelreep and Ir. Ottenbad swimming pools. The tickets cost 2 euros per person. The discount is automatically activated on your City Pass.
If you have children of 6 years of age or older and you are in receipt of the Participation Allowance, you can have your children learn to swim and get their Swimming Certificate A free of charge. You will be automatically sent a letter about this, so you need take no action.
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.
(Flyer, Dutch only:)
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.