At the beginning of 2007, 300 thousand people in the Netherlands were claiming income support. Over 35 thousand of these were aged 27 years or younger. In other words, one in nine income support payments goes to this age group. Nearly one third of all income support claimants are single parents.
The number of people claiming income support fell by just over 8 percent in 2006. In the age group 27 years and younger it dropped by nearly three times as much: 24 percent. The fall was relatively large for single people.
The number of single mothers and fathers receiving income support fell by less. For younger single parents the number of income support benefits fell by nearly 15 percent.
Income support benefits claimants aged 27 years and younger