The number of Dutch people on general social assistance benefit was 423,000 at the end of September, according to data from Statistics Netherlands (CBS). That was almost 7,000 more than at the same time last year. It is for the second quarter in a row that the number of social assistance recipients is higher than last year, after ten consecutive quarters of a decline.
The statistics office does not give a reason for the increase in the past two quarters, but the COVID-19 outbreak in March seems a logical explanation. Since then, the number of unemployed people and the number of recipients of unemployment benefits have also increased.
Young people up to the age of 27 were responsible for the largest increase in the number of social assistance benefits. In that group, 3,000 were added in the third quarter, which was an increase of 8 percent. In the other age groups there was an increase of about 1 percent.
The number of welfare recipients rose among people with a Dutch background as well as among people with a migration background. The increase was greatest at 2 percent among people with a Western migration background.