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Applying for social assistance

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 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

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Applying for social assistance benefit

If you are unemployed or do not have enough money to live on, you can apply for social assistance benefits.


In order to receive a social assistance benefit, you must at least meet the following conditions:

  • You are registered with the UWV WERKbedrijf.
  • You live legally in the Netherlands.
  • You are 18 years or older. Are you younger than 27 years old? Please contact the Youth Desk first. For more information, visit the website of the Youth Desk. Have you become unemployed on or after your 50th birthday, have you not yet reached state pension age and have you received unemployment benefits for at least 3 months? Read more about the IOAW on the page Other social assistance benefits.
  • You do not have enough income or property to live on.
  • You are not entitled to any other benefits.
  • You are not in prison.

Contact the municipality from monday to friday between 09:00 - 17:00 at the following phone number: 0031 33 469 5111.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Amersfoort

Visiting address

Stadhuisplein 3

3811LM Amersfoort

Opening hours
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Last updated on 22 September 2022