CNV: Implications crisis disastrous

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The Social State of the Netherlands in 2013, by the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP), outlines the disastrous consequences of the crisis. The quality of life has deteriorated for the first time in 30 years and the purchasing power shows a steep drop.This was announced by vice president Maurice Limmen of union CNV, Wednesday, in response to the publication of the SCP. The economic outlook is rather bleak. Halfway through this year, only 47 percent of the population was satisfied with the economy, according to the SCP.

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'Especially people who have lost their jobs or have become dependent on government assistance are going through rough times. Even if the economy recovers, this group requires extra attention,' responded Limmen. 'The plans of State Secretary Klijnsma to reform the government insurance program with measures such as a four-week waiting period before entitlement to a benefit, will not help reverse this trend,' said Limmen.