What is an AIO supplement?
A minimum income has been established so that everyone can have at least a minimum acceptable standard of living. If you have an AOW pension and your total income is below the minimum income level, you can get an AIO supplement to bring your income up to the level of the minimum income.
If you have reached the AOW pension age
About five months before you reach the AOW pension age, we will send you a letter about claiming your AOW pension. If you have not always been insured in the Netherlands, e.g. because you have lived outside the Netherlands, you may not receive the full AOW pension. In that case, you may be able to get an AIO supplement. If you receive an AOW pension and you have a partner who is still under the AOW pension age, and you and your partner have little or no other income, you may also qualify for an AIO supplement.
The AIO supplement will start when you reach the AOW pension age, unless you claim it at a later date, in which case the AIO supplement will take effect on the date of your claim.
You can also claim an AIO supplement if you are already receiving an AOW pension at less than the full rate, and you have little or no other income.
If you have not yet reached the AOW pension age
If you are under the AOW pension age and your income is below the minimum income level, you can claim income support (national assistance) from your municipal authorities. To do so, you will need to go to the Social Services department (Sociale Dienst) or the Work and Income department (Dienst Werk en Inkomen).