The ruling Dutch Cabinet said it would expand a program to provide relief to employers who have been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The program concerns businesses in crisis that want to temporarily reduce their salaried workers' contracted hours and adjust their pay accordingly. The scheme currently provides government funding to cover 75 percent of the lost wages, paid directly to the employee, with the employer covering the remainder.
Most Dutch households will have a bit more to spend this year than in 2018, despite higher energy bills, higher health insurance premiums and higher VAT, according to budget institute Nibud's latest purchasing power calculations. Most households will have between a few euros and 131 euros extra left over each month, NU.nl reports.
Benefits agency UWV wants to use just graduated doctors to re-evaluate disability beneficiaries in an effort to get rid of the agency's backlog in reassessments. Both the union UWV doctors Novag and the Dutch association for insurance medicine NVVG are against this plan
For 553 thousand of the more than 1.35 million freelancers in the Netherlands, the money they earn as a freelancer is a sideline income. The bulk of their income consists of wages, pension or benefit, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday.
A website problem at benefits agency UWV left benefit recipients unable to update their work data in order to receive their benefits. The UWV extended the deadline for these updates to the end of the and promises that all benefits will be paid by December 14th at the latest.
Welfare recipients living in Rotterdam are the least likely to find work. Only 6 percent of Rotterdam welfare recipients found a job last year. This involves people who were on welfare in 2013 and found a job in 2014.
The four largest cities in the Netherlands have officially asked the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, to reconsider their budget plans for welfare benefits. Cities are expected to cover any shortfall in benefits payments due to cuts imposed by the national government, which equates to a 25 million euro cutback in benefit payments to Amsterdam residents alone.
Large Dutch municipalities are going to face higher deficits from next year as the national government begins cutting welfare budgets to municipalities. While some experts argue the new budget will encourage cities to get people off benefits, it also means a 25 million euro cut in money disbursed to Amsterdam, equivalent to a 4.6-percent budget slash, the Volkskrant reported on Monday.
Errors made by the Municipality of Amsterdam has resulted in 580 thousand euros too much being paid out to businesses and citizens so far this year. This is the result of benefits and invoices accidentally being paid twice.
Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs wants to stop the violent jihad or other terrorist activities being funded by Dutch tax money. The government has therefore prepared legislation that should ensure that the payment of benefits or study financing to jihadists that travel to join ISIS in Iraq or Syria be put to a stop immediately
The number of unemployed workers aged 50-and-above is falling, according to new numbers published by the UWV benefits agency on Wednesday. Nearly 26,000 individuals in that category found work in the last four months.
The leader of the FNV union, Ton Heerts, spoke against social services for freelancers in an interview with FD. He says self-employed people making use of disability, sickness and unemployment benefits undermines the entire social welfare system.
The number of jobs filled in the Netherlands will increase for the first time in three years in 2015, according to benefits agency UWV. It is a sign the economic recovery is beginning to take hold in the workforce, which will develop even further next year when growth in the labor market should increase further, UWV says.
The number of people in employment in February-April increased by an average of two thousand a month, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Growth in employment was most noticeable among the youth and those aged 45 and above.
Somalis in the Netherlands often struggle financially. Only about one in five Somali Dutch have work and about half of them are living on benefits. The Somalis is by far the population in the Netherlands with the most problems in the labor market.
Despite tentative economic growth at the end of 2014, the number applicants of unemployment benefits was higher last year than in 2013, reports DFT. UWV, the Dutch unemployment authority, published this data on Wednesday in its annual report.
According to Statistics Netherlands, children who grew up in a family that had to receive benefits, are less educated than their peers around their 30th birthday. Regardless of their qualifications, these children are also more likely need benefits later in life.
According to the Dutch Institute for Budged Information Nibud, households with financial problems cost society 11 billion euro annually.
The Netherlands treasury believes that €60 million has disappeared due to mistakes and fraud in childcare subsidies. These mistakes have cost €443 million, BN De Stem writes.
Dutch society loses about €30 billion annually to fraudsters, including scams such as insurance fraud and swindling with benefits. The guilty parties are rarely caught, according to daily newspaper Metro.
The cabinet's attempts to limit the export of benefits from The Netherlands to Morocco are hitting a block. Judges previously banned the lowering of running benefits. Now, the court in Amsterdam has ruled that new benefits have to stay level, De Volkskrant reports.
Between 2011 and 2013, former Members of Parliament have collectively received more than €12 million in half-pay. Ex-Ministers and ex-State Secretaries together accounted for €2 million. This comes from Minister Plasterk, in answer to Parliament questions from the SP, the NOS reports.
Minister Asscher of Social Affairs is going to press Morocco in September that the social security agreement has to be amended, and that action on the agreement is running out of time, the NOS reports.
Despite a slump in the economy, the average family has more to spend now than a couple of decades ago. Comparatively, household incomes were 15 percent higher in 2012 than in the early 90s, and 20 percent higher than the 70s, according to research from the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS).