There was a significant increase in the number of complaints regarding youth care in the Netherlands during the first half of this year, according to the advice and complaint office for youth care AKJ. In the first half of 2016 there were 6,465 complaints, compared to a total of 7,404 throughout all of 2015
The municipality of Nieuwegein will not be allowed to experiment with serving alcohol in hairdressers, or other versions of service-bar hybrids, the court in Utrecht ruled on Thursday. The lawsuit to stop this experiment was filed by the Slijtersunie.
Despite the burden of landlords tax, housing corporations have sufficient opportunities to build new housing and renovate existing homes, Minister Stef Blok of Housing said in parliament on Tuesday. He cited figures from Bureau Ortec Finance which show that it is possible to build 250 thousand new homes
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is planning a more effective approach to helping people with mental health problems. She wants all municipalities to come up with a good plan to personally help every mentally disturbed person in the Netherlands
A recent study by Radboud University Nijmegen that concluded that regulating cannabis cultivation could improve human rights is no reason for the Netherlands to change its policy on marijuana, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said in response to questions from the D66
Former Children's Ombudsman Marc Dullaert was appointed to lead the fight against truancy in the Netherlands, the Ministry of Education announced on Monday. His job will be to enforce agreements made in a Truancy Pact made with the aim of having not a single child out of school for more than 3 months by 2020.
Housing corporations association Aedes, the Housing Association and the association of Dutch municipalities VNG are calling for the landlords tax to be abolished. A study by the University of Groningen showes that the tax has a negative impact on the availability of social housing and on households with low incomes,
Almost 90 percent of Dutch municipalities support a call on the government to allow experiments with regulated cannabis cultivation, was revealed in a vote at the association of Dutch municipalities VNG's annual conference on Wednesday.
The Netherlands plans to give people who are deeply in debt a six month break in which they don't have to make payments, won't get reminders for payments and won't get a visit from a bailiff, State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice announced on Tuesday
The government and the Association of Dutch Municipalities reached an agreement on locating all homeless people in the country and giving them a fixed post address. This is to make sure they have access to health insurance and medical care, for which you need at least a postal address
The Dutch government is making 500 million euros available for the integration of asylum seekers who are given refugee status and allowed to stay in the Netherlands, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and chairman of the Association of Dutch Municipalities Jan van Zanen announced on Thursday
All toddlers between the ages of 2.5 and 4 years should be able to attend daycare or a playgroup. Minister Lodewijk Asscher and the association of Dutch municipalities made agreements to achieve this on Monday
Government institutions need work more closely together when it comes to recovering outstanding debts from citizens. This should prevent an accumulation of debt claims increasing citizens' financial problems, State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Employment wrote to Parliament on Tuesday.
Youth care in the Netherlands is seriously inadequate since the municipalities took over responsibility for it on January 1st last year, according to Monitor Transition Youth's annual report for 2015. The report describes the route to youth care as "long, unclear and unpleasant"
PVV leader Geert Wilders is the Netherlands' worst politician of 2015, according to Jos Wienen, Mayor of Katwijk and the man responsible for the committee asylum and integration in the Association of Dutch Municipalities, on NPO Radio 1 program Kamerbreed on Saturday.
Dutch municipalities are renewing their efforts to end a nationwide ban on regulated cannabis cultivation. The Association of Dutch Municipalities is advocating for the introduction of a municipal permits system that gives the government control over the entire cannabis chain - sale, use and production.
An increasing number of Dutch municipalities are implementing firework bans over the New Year. This year one in five municipalities have firework-free zones, 30 percent more than last year. Not one municipality is banning fireworks completely.
Arranging crisis shelter for refugees is costing municipalities tens of thousands of euros, which is written off as contingency fees.
Amsterdam residents may soon be able to enjoy a beer or glass of wine while having their hair cut. The capital city wants to join the Association of Dutch Municipalities' experiment hybrid forms of shops and restaurants
On Monday State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff sent a letter to the refugees in the Netherlands in which he explains that the asylum process will take longer and that they will have to spend more time living in asylum centers. The Association of Dutch Municipalities thinks it's great that the State Secretary sent the letter, but finds that more clarity is needed.
The government has made 60 million euros available so that all toddlers can go to daycare for two days a week, whether or not both parents are working. This measure is aimed at kids between the ages of 2.5 and 4 years old.
A total of 233 thousand young people received youth care, youth protection or juvenile rehabilitation in the first quarter of this year. With five months left in the year, some municipalities' youth care budget is already running out.
Crisis centers for children with serious behavioral problems, such as suicidal tendencies or psychosis, are over crowded and these kids often have to wait too long for the much needed help.
Municipalities want to be able to hand out traffic fines for driving without a handsfree headset, cycling without a light or running stop signs themselves, in an effort to bring more money into their own coffers.