Improvement of livelihood security

In 2020, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) implemented a supplemental increase in statutory minimum wages and benefits such as the ‘Onderstand’ (income support), AOV (statutory pension) and AWW (widow, widower and orphan pension), adding 5.2 and 5.0 percent on top of the annual indexation, respectively. Moreover, income supplements were introduced for AOV benefit recipients living independently; and the Onderstand income support was raised for people with permanent and full disabilities. The extra work disablement allowance was abolished on Saba. The child benefit was raised by more than 30 percent, resulting in monthly payments per child of 83, 85 and 84 US Dollars for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, respectively.