One-time opportunity to change your AOW pension rate if you and your partner live apart involuntarily

If you are married and you and your partner live apart involuntarily, for example because your partner has been admitted to a nursing home, you can ask for your AOW pension to be changed to the higher rate for a person living alone.

At the time, it was not possible to go back on your decision to opt for the higher pension rate for a person living alone. Thanks to a change in our policy rules, however, it is now possible to go back on this decision.

Why our policy has been changed

It turns out that changing a pension for a married person to the rate for a person living alone is not in everyone’s favour, for example because it causes a considerable increase in the personal contributions for long-term care (Wlz) and social support (Wmo).

Due to the unforeseen negative financial effects of opting for a higher pension rate, the SVB has decided to allow for a one-time reversal of this choice.

If you have changed your AOW pension to the rate for a person living alone, we will send you a letter.