If you have too little money to get by, you may be entitled to social assistance (bijstand). You can apply for social assistance at your municipality or the werk.nl website, an online work platform operated by the Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen – UWV (Employee Insurance Agency).
You are entitled to social assistance if you:
are a Dutch citizen or lawfully resident in the Netherlands, and;
are aged 18 or over;
do not have enough income or funds to get by. Your (joint) income must be below the social assistance standard (in Dutch);
cannot claim any other provision or benefit;
are not in prison or in a detention house.
There are also a number of obligations when you receive social assistance (in Dutch).
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Municipality of Epe: Applying for social assistance
Please note: you can only apply for social assistance benefit (bijstand) if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
You can apply for social assistance benefit from the municipality of Epe if you meet the following additional conditions:
- You live in the municipality of Epe.
- You are not yet receiving a Dutch state pension (Algemene Ouderdomswet – AOW).
- Do you live with your partner or have a joint household with someone? If so, the income and savings of that person are also taken into account.
- You are participating in activities offered to you by the municipality of Epe to find work.
- You must understand, speak, read and write Dutch to a sufficient standard. You are entitled to social assistance benefit even if your Dutch is not good enough. However, the municipality may reduce your benefit if you don't do your best to learn Dutch.
- Are you aged between 18 and 27 years old? If so, you can also apply for social assistance benefit on the condition that first of all you spend 4 weeks actively looking for work or education.
You will find out within 8 weeks whether you will receive social assistance benefit. If so, you will receive this benefit from the date of your application.
Contact details are not yet available for your municipality.
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