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Energy-assistance benefit to mitigate impact of high energy prices

The Dutch government has decided that low-income households across the Netherlands will receive a one-time energy-assistance benefit (energy credit) of €800 to relieve the impact of rising energy prices.

Who is entitled to the benefit?

You are eligible to claim the benefit if your monthly income does not exceed 120% of the social assistance standard applicable to you. This applies to one month during the period from 1 January 2022 to 1 June 2022. Further down this page, you will find a table containing the various amounts.

Who is not entitled to the benefit?

You are not eligible to claim the energy-assistance benefit if you:

  • are homeless or have no fixed or permanent address.
  • are under 21 years of age.
  • are a resident of a mental health facility.
  • are a student who is entitled to Dutch studiefinanciering (student grant) (pursuant to the Wet studiefinanciering 2000/Student Finance Act 2000).
  • are not a Dutch citizen (and do not hold equivalent status).

Maybe you are eligible to claim special assistance.

Table of social assistance standards

This table shows the most commonly applied income thresholds; your threshold may be higher or lower depending on your domestic situation. These amounts are net of taxes, but include holiday allowance.

Age 21 up to the Dutch state retirement age (AOW-leeftijd)

120% of the social assistance standard, by month

Single (parent)

€ 1.310,05

Married or cohabiting couple

€ 1.871,50

Dutch state retirement age (AOW-leeftijd) or older

120% of the social assistance standard, by month

Single (parent)

€ 1.455,67

Married or cohabiting couple

€ 1.971,05

Income

Factors in calculating your monthly income:

  • Income from employment (including holiday pay) or earned as an independent contractor
  • Income from capital gains (e.g. interest, shares and cryptocurrencies)
  • Income earned from volunteer work exceeding €180 per month/€1,800 per year
  • Income from rental properties, sublets, or from rent received from one or more boardersSocial security benefits
  • Alimony
  • Tax credits received from the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst)
  • Other income (including gambling winnings and gifts or financial contributions/donations from third parties)

The following are not factors in calculating your monthly income:

Rent allowance (huurtoeslag), care allowance (zorgtoeslag), child care allowance (kinderopvangtoeslag), supplementary child benefit (kindgebonden budget), and child benefit (kinderbijslag)

Payment of energy-assistance benefit

Many residents of the Netherlands have already received the benefit automatically. If you have not received the benefit, you can apply for it now.

Applying for an energy-assistance benefit

If you have not received the benefit automatically, but do meet the terms of eligibility, you can still apply for the benefit.

Details

When applying for the energy-assistance benefit, you require the following items:

  • Your DigiD
  • Statement showing one monthly income for the period from January 2022 to the end of May 2022
  • Copy of your ATM card (bank card) or bank statement. We will transfer the energy-assistance benefit to this bank account.

Your application must have been received by Groningen City Council by 1 November 2022.

After submitting your application, check your inbox for a confirmation email. Be sure to also check your spam or junk mail folder. If your application was sent successfully, you will receive a case number.

How long will it take to receive a response to your application?

We will do our level best to assess all applications within eight weeks. However, since we have noticed that many people are submitting applications at the same time, these large volumes may cause some delays.

Special assistance

Due to the rising energy prices, your annual statement or the amount you prepay every month to your energy provider may be substantially higher than was the case in the past. If you are not entitled to the energy-assistance benefit or if you find the set amount of €800 to be insufficient for your needs, we may be able to provide special assistance in your case. You can apply for this special assistance yourself.

Need help?

If you require assistance in applying for your benefit, please contact the WIJ team in your area for support.