Ageing population pushes up spending on state pensions
According to figures published by Statistics Netherlands today, spending on state old-age pensions has risen by nearly a quarter since 2008, to 32.7 billion euros in 2013. By the end of 2013, over...
Public deficit to 2.5 percent
With 2.5 percent of GDP, the public deficit over the period July 2012-June 2013 was far below the EU ceiling of 3 percent. The deficit over the entire year 2012 was 4.1 percent of GDP.
Fewer AOW benefits in January due to legislation change
At the end of January 2013, more than 3.1 million old age pensions were paid, i.e. nearly 12 thousand down from December 2012. On 1 January 2013, the AOW entitlement age was raised by one month.
One in ten AOW benefits granted to people living abroad
Part of Dutch social benefits are paid to people living outside the Netherlands; 10 percent of all AOW benefits are paid to people living abroad.
Baby boomers push up pension spending
The Dutch government spent 15.8 billion euro on state old age pensions in the first half of 2011. This is 6 percent more than in the same period last year.
Sharp growth social assistance benefits granted to over-65s
At the end of June this year, 40 thousand social assistance benefits went to over-65 households, i.e. twice as many as a decade ago. The reason for the increase is that more and more over-65...
Baby boom generation accounts for rapid growth AOW benefits
By the end of April this year, 2.9 million benefits were granted in the Netherlands under the General Old Age Pensions Act (AOW), an increase by nearly 14 thousand relative to March 2011.
Expenditure on pension benefits continues to rise
In the first half of 2010 spending on AOW pensions increased by 500 million euro on the first half of 2009. By the end of June 2010 nearly 2.9 million people received AOW pension benefits.
One in five Dutch households claiming benefit
At the end of 2008, 1.2 million households in the Netherlands were claiming at least one social security benefit. This means that one in five households with at least one person aged 15-65 years...