Anw survivor benefit in brief

People whose partner or ex-partner has died, or children who have lost both parents may be able to get a survivor benefit or orphan's benefit under the National Survivor Benefits Act (Anw).

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Check whether you qualify for a benefit

Whether you qualify for a benefit will depend on your situation.

What are the conditions?

You get an Anw survivor benefit if, on the day your partner died, you were: 

  • caring for a child under 18 who lives with you, or 
  • at least 45% incapacitated for work 

If you have already reached AOW pension age, you cannot get an Anw benefit.

What are the conditions?

You can get an Anw survivor benefit if, on the day your ex-partner died, you were: 

  • caring for a child under 18 who lives with you, or 
  • at least 45% incapacitated for work 

If you have already reached AOW pension age, you cannot get an Anw benefit.

There are also other conditions for Anw benefit.

What are the extra conditions?

The following conditions also apply:

  • you met the conditions for receiving an Anw benefit on the date of divorce AND on the date of your ex-partner's death, and
  • your ex-partner was obliged to pay maintenance to you when he or she passed away (it makes no difference whether you actually received any payments)

What are the conditions?

A child who has lost both parents can get an orphan’s benefit, but only if the parent who died last was insured under the Anw scheme. (People who live or work in the Netherlands are usually insured).

There are extra conditions when the child reaches the age of 16. Orphan's benefit always stops when the child reaches the age of 21.

How much Anw benefit can you get?

The amount of your Anw benefit depends on your other income.

Some types of income are deducted in full from your Anw benefit. Other income is either partly deducted or not at all.

The maximum amount you can get is €1,031.58 net, taking into account tax credit.

Your partner lived outside the Netherlands

If your partner lived or worked outside the Netherlands, there are extra conditions for an Anw survivor benefit.

Your ex-partner lived outside the Netherlands

If your ex-partner lived or worked outside the Netherlands, there are extra conditions for an Anw survivor benefit.

How much orphan's benefit can you get?

The amount of the benefit depends on the age of the child.

Orphan's benefit including tax credit is:

  • Age 0 to 9 year: €416.04 net
  • Age 10 to 15 year: €615.23 net
  • Age 16 to 20 year: €750.33 net

Claiming an Anw survivor benefit

If you think you qualify for an Anw benefit, you can submit a claim.

Claiming an orphan's benefit

When can a child get an orphan's benefit?