If you have a low income and it is impossible for you to pay exceptional and unexpected costs, you may be entitled to extra financial support from the municipality. This is called special social assistance (bijzondere bijstand).
Special social assistance is subject to the following conditions among others:
- you are lawfully living and staying in the Netherlands.
- you do not have enough income and funds to pay the costs yourself.
- you are at least 18 years old.
- you have expenses due to an exceptional or urgent situation, such as surgery or moving house.
- you cannot cover the costs in any other way.
Your municipality can tell you what other conditions apply in your situation.
If you have any questions about your situation, contact your municipality.
You can also contact the Sociaal Raadslieden (social counsellors) in your municipality. They provide free information and advice on legal problems. If there are none in your municipality find Sociaal Raadslieden closest to you (in Dutch) on the Sociaal Werk Nederland website.
You can also get free legal advice in English from Het Juridisch Loket (Legal Services Counter) (link in Dutch). Het Juridisch Loket provides clients with advice and information on all areas of law. All consultations are confidential and free of charge.
This is how it works in your (future) place of residence
Municipality of Elburg: Applying for special social assistance
Please note: you can apply for bijzondere bijstand (special social assistance) only if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
You can apply for special social assistance from the municipality if you:
- You are 18 years or older and live in the municipality of Elburg.
- The costs for which you request special assistance are special, unforeseen, necessary and will not be reimbursed in any other way.
- Your income (work or benefits) is lower than the social assistance standard that applies to you or
- You incur high costs in relation to your income. The municipality calculates whether you can pay the high costs yourself or whether special assistance is possible. The higher your income, the more you have to pay yourself.
- Your capital is lower than the capital limit that applies to you.
You must log in with DigiD
You must send the following documents:
- A quote
- Proof that the costs are not (fully) reimbursed by your health insurer or another agency (if applicable).
Attachments that you must send when:
- you request special assistance for medical costs: a copy of your health insurance policy.
- you have already paid (part of) the costs for which you are requesting special assistance: a proof of payment.
- you receive a pension: the most recent pension specification.
- you will receive tax credits from the tax authorities: a provisional assessment decision from the tax authorities.
- you receive alimony: a bank statement with alimony deposit.
- you and/or your family members have checking account(s) and savings account(s): you must include statements for the most recent full month of all accounts. You can download this from your bank. Make sure that the opening and closing balances are visible.
- you and/or your family members have investments/life insurance/savings insurance: you must add proof of the value.
- you and/or your family members have debts: proof of debts: you must enclose a debt overview.
- you and/or your family members have other possessions such as an owner-occupied home, vehicle, antiques, jewellery, etc.: you must add proof of the value of the possessions.
If the application is complete, you will receive a letter with the decision within 8 weeks. If more information is needed to assess your application, we will contact you.
Zuiderzeestraatweg Oost 19