Can I get income support from Belgium

A large number of independent entrepreneurs may face financial problems due to loss of income as a result of the coronavirus measures. The Belgiangovernment has created a support package for self-employed persons which includes income support. How this works is explained below.

Leefloon

If you live in Belgium and you can no longer provide for yourself due to loss of income, you may be eligible for income support (‘leefloon’). The amount you can get depends on your family situation. For example, if you live alone, you can get up to €940 a month. 

Whether you can get ‘leefloon’, and how much, depends on your financial situation. Your income and that of your partner, if applicable, is taken into account, as well as any assets and savings. You can apply for ‘leefloon’ to the Public Centre for Social Welfare (OCMW) in the municipality where you live.

NB: if the OCMW tells you beforehand that you do not qualify for ‘leefloon’ because you work in the Netherlands, please contact us and let us know who you spoke to at the OCMW. We may then be able to assist you.

Bridging benefit

If you are self-employed and have been forced to suspend your activities, you can get a temporary bridging benefit, provided you are exclusively or mainly self-employed in Belgium and pay social insurance contributions to your social insurance fund. 

The amount you can get depends on your family situation. For example, if you live alone, you will get €1,291 a month. You can apply for the bridging benefit to your social insurance fund.