When are you entitled to a social allowance?

Everybody entitled to the Groeipakket can receive a social allowance. This means all families are able to count on additional support, boosting their financial strength.

Social allowances entitlement depends on:

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Your family income

  • Marginal amounts

Your family can claim a social allowance if your total income is under € 31.605,89 (gross) per year.

If your family has three or more children – at least one of whom receives the new basic amount of € 166,46 – the income threshold increases to € 62.424 (gross) per year.

  • What income do we take into account?

We check your family’s gross taxable income. This happens automatically.

We take the income of the following people into account:

  • Both cohabiting parents or guardians; or
  • The parent or guardian and the person with whom they live constitute a de facto family.

Have you passed the “CI test”?

Your family income may not be too high in proportion to your “outside use” cadastral income. You have “outside use” cadastral income if you own buildings or land other than your own home. If these circumstances apply to you, do the CI test.

If you do not own buildings or land other than your own home, you can skip this step.

How much are the social allowances?

This depends on the gross taxable family income and your situation.

Situation 1: All of your children were born after the introduction of the Groeipakket on 1 January 2019

In this case, the following amounts apply.

Number of children Family income Your monthly social allowance
2 or fewer Less than € 31.605,89 € 52,02 per child
From 3 Less than € 31.605,89 € 83,23 per child
From 3 From € 31.605,89 to € 62.424 € 62,42 per child

An example calculation

The father and mother live together with their three children. The family income is € 25,000. This is lower than the threshold amount of € 31.605,89. The family is therefore entitled to receive a social allowance.

Child Basic amount Social allowance
Olivier (°13/08/2019) € 166,46 € 83,23
Mieke (°01/04/2021) € 166,46 € 83,23
Nicky (°23/01/2023) € 166,46 € 83,23

Situation 2: All of your children were born before the introduction of the Groeipakket on 1 January 2019

In this case, you are entitled to the following amounts once your family income is lower than € 31.605,89. Your allowance also depends on your status and the number of children.

Your basic amount Your social allowance if you do not have a special status Your social allowance if you are unfit for work over the long term Your social allowance as a single-parent family Your social allowance if you are unfit for work over the long term and are a single-parent family
€ 95,81 € 48,77 € 104,94 € 48,77 € 104,94
€ 177,28 € 30,23 € 30,23 € 30,23 € 30,23
€ 259.49 € 5,30 € 5,30 € 24,38 € 24,38

An example calculation

The father and mother live together with their three children. The family income is € 25,000. This is lower than the threshold amount of € 31.605,89. The family is therefore entitled to receive a social allowance.

Child Basic amount Social allowance
Lily (°07/05/2010) € 259.49 € 5,30
Mats (°31/10/2012) € 177,28 € 30,23
Nicky (°03/07/2014) € 95,81 € 48,77

Situation 3: You are a ‘combination family’ with children born before and after the introduction of the Groeipakket

Do you have two children, of which at least one child was born after 1 January 2019? And is your family income below € 31.605,89? If so, you will receive the amounts from situation 1 for the child born after 1 January 2019 and the amounts from situation 2 for the child born before 1 January 2019.

An example calculation

The father and mother live together with their two children. The family income is € 25,000. This is lower than the threshold amount of € 31.605,89. The family is therefore entitled to receive social allowances.

Child Basic amount Social allowance
Olivier (°13/08/2014) € 95,81 € 48,77
Mieke (°01/04/2019) € 166,46 € 52,02

Do you have three children, of which at least one child was born after 1 January 2019?

> You will receive the amounts from situation 1 for children born after 1 January 2019

> You will receive the amounts from situation 2 for children born before 1 January 2019

An example calculation

The father and mother live together with their three children. The family income is €25,000. This is lower than the threshold amount of € 31.605,89. The family is therefore entitled to receive a social allowance.

Child Basic amount Social allowance
Olivier (°13/08/2014) € 177,28 € 30,23
Mieke (°01/04/2016) € 95,81 € 48,77
Nicky (°23/01/2019) € 166,46 € 83,23

If the family income is between € 31.605,89 and € 62.424, the father and mother are entitled to receive the following amounts:

Child Basic amount Social allowance
Olivier (°13/08/2014) € 177,28 € 30,23
Mieke (°01/04/2016) € 95,81 € 48,77
Nicky (°23/01/2019) € 166,46 € 62,42

Who receives a social allowance?

We pay your social allowances alongside your Groeipakket. If you receive the Groeipakket, you are also the person who receives the social allowance.

If you are legally or de facto separated from your child’s other parent, the rules are different. A social allowance entitlement is assessed for each family in which a child is raised.

You can read more about what happens if you no longer live together here.

Important: Inform your MyFamily Groeipakket coach immediately if your family circumstances change:

  • should you leave to live alone;
  • should your child marry or start cohabiting;
  • should a child join your family for whom you will receive a Groeipakket;
  • should a child entitled to a Groeipakket leave your family;
  • should either you or your partner receive an income replacement allowance (IVT), an allowance for helping the elderly or an integration allowance;
  • should you or your partner receive a pension following sickness benefits;
  • should you or your partner become unable to work for at least 6 months;
  • Should you or your partner receive payments for a workplace-related accident;
  • should you receive a survivor’s pension.
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