OBR

How much bridging benefit can you get?

The amount of your bridging benefit depends on:

  1. the number of years in which you built up rights to an AOW pension, and
  2. your income

1. The number of years in which you built up rights to an AOW pension

If you have lived or worked outside the Netherlands, you will probably not have built up AOW pension rights for those years. Your bridging benefit will be reduced by 2% for each year that you were not insured under the AOW scheme.

2. Your income

Your are single (not married or living with a partner)

The maximum bridging benefit is € 1203.35 gross per month. Income you receive in the period for which you receive the bridging benefit will be deducted from the maximum bridging benefit.

  1. If you have another pension or benefit, this income will be deducted fully from the bridging benefit. If your pension or benefit is more than € 1203.35 gross per month, you will not get a bridging benefit.
  2. If you have wages or a salary, or profit from business activities, we will deduct part of that income from the bridging benefit. We calculate this as follows:
    • The first € 245.34 of this income is disregarded.
    • Two thirds of the amount above that is deducted from the bridging benefit.
    • If you earn more than € 2,050.37 gross per month, you will not get a bridging benefit.

If your VUT early retirement benefit or similar benefit was less than € 1203.35 gross per month, your maximum bridging benefit will be the amount of your VUT benefit or similar benefit. If your VUT benefit or similar benefit is converted to a lower old-age pension in the month of your 65th birthday or the month after that, your maximum bridging benefit will be equal to the amount by which your income has fallen.

If you have a partner

The maximum bridging benefit is € 772.45 gross per month. Income you receive in the period for which you receive the bridging benefit will be deducted from the maximum bridging benefit.

  1. If you have another pension or benefit, this income will be deducted fully from the bridging benefit. If your pension or benefit is more than € 772.45 gross per month, you will not get a bridging benefit.
  2. If you have wages or a salary, or profit from business activities, we will deduct part of that income from the bridging benefit. We calculate this as follows:
    • The first € 245.34 of this income is disregarded.
    • Two thirds of the amount above that is deducted from the bridging benefit.
    • If you earn more than € 1,404.02 gross per month, you will not get a bridging benefit.

If your VUT early retirement benefit or similar benefit was less than € 772.45 gross per month, your maximum bridging benefit will be the amount of your VUT benefit or similar benefit. If your VUT benefit or similar benefit is converted to a lower old-age pension in the month of your 65th birthday or the month after that, your maximum bridging benefit will be equal to the amount by which your income has fallen.