More people on welfare, first increase in 2.5 years

The number of people on income support benefits rose to approximately 427,000 in the second quarter. That is 12,000 more than six months earlier, according to Statistics Netherlands. Just before the start of the second quarter, the corona crisis broke out.

Compared to a year ago, the increase was almost 2000. Young people in particular ended up on welfare. In the group under the age of 27, this number increased by more than 5 percent last year. Among the over-45s, the increase was much smaller: 0.4 percent. In the age group 27 to 45 years there was a slight decrease last year.

The increase in the number of income support benefits can be seen among people of all backgrounds. Both people with a Dutch or Western background and people with a non-Western background ended up more in social assistance.

Decrease for years

It was the first time in 2.5 years that the total number of income support benefits increased. Up to and including the third quarter of 2017, there was an increase for years, and since then the number of people on social assistance has decreased quarter after quarter. In 2018 and 2019, the decline was strongest, with around 2000 per quarter.

In June Divosa, the association of municipal directors in the social domain, already observed an increase in the number of income support benefits. This was on the basis of income support data from municipalities.