Applying for a personal budget (PGB)
If you need care or nursing due to illness or disability, or you need help at home, you may be eligible for a personal budget (persoonsgebonden budget – PGB). You can use this money to pay for your care needs. For example, you can hire someone to help you with your shopping or clean your house, or you can arrange for youth care services for your child.
There are 4 types of care for which you can apply for a PGB:
- Support at home: if you need support, transport or help at home.
- Youth care services: if you need help for someone under the age of 18.
- Heavy, long-term care needs: if you need 24-hour care every day.
- Nursing and personal care: if you need personal care or nursing at home.
Eligibility to receive a PGB depends on the care you need.
You can apply to the Zorgkantoor (care office), your healthcare insurer or the municipality for a PGB. The type of care you need will determine which organisation you approach to apply for a PGB (in Dutch).
You can receive several PGB's at the same time. For example, if you or your child has an indication for support at home and nursing. Then you will receive one PGB from the municipality and one from the healthcare insurer.
Read more about combining several PGB's (in Dutch).
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Personal budget (pgb) or care in kind?
Please note. You can only apply for a personal budget if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
Are you eligible for help from the municipality? For yourself or for your child(ren)? Then you can choose whether you want to receive help via Care in Kind or via a personal budget (pgb).
Do you opt for Care in Kind? Then you will receive help from one of the organizations with which the municipality has a contract.
Do you opt for a PGB? Then you can arrange the help yourself. You then have more choice. You must also keep your own administration with a personal budget. The Social Insurance Bank pays the bill of the person from whom you receive help.
To be eligible for a PGB, you must meet a number of requirements:
- You must draw up a PGB plan, in which you must specify what help you need.
- The care providers that you select must meet quality requirements.
- You must conclude an agreement with the care providers yourself.
- You must be able to manage your PGB yourself. For example, you must conclude a contract with the care providers yourself. You must also direct them and keep records. You can also ask a PGB representative to do this for you.
You do not receive the money from your PGB yourself. The municipality pays your personal budget to the Sociale Verzekeringsbank – SVB (social insurance bank). You send your care providers’ invoices to the SVB. The SVB will then pay them. You must keep the invoices for your records.
How to apply for a PGB:
- Support via the WMO can be applied for via [contact details].
- Support via the Jeugdwet can be applied for via [contact details].
Your municipality will inform you within 8 weeks of their decision.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Leiden