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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.

Municipality of Hengelo: Applying for social assistance

Please note: you can only apply for bijstand (social assistance) if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.

You can apply for social assistance from the municipality, if you meet the following additional conditions:

  • you live in the municipality of Hengelo, Borne or Haaksbergen,

  • you are legally in the Netherlands,

  • you are not entitled to any other benefit,

  • you have insufficient income,

  • you don't have too much equity

  • you are not entitled to student finance,

  • you have not been remanded in custody or are serving a prison sentence.

For more information, and to apply for social assistance, you can go to the website of the municipality of Hengelo: Aanvragen uitkering.

You will find out within 8 weeks whether you will receive social assistance. You will receive social assistance from the date of the application.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Hengelo

Visiting address

Burg. van der Dussenplein 1

7551EB Hengelo

Opening hours
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 20:00
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 20:00
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Last updated on 22 September 2022