A decade after the biggest economic crisis since the 1930s hit the Netherlands, most Dutch have recovered and are satisfied with their lives. But that does not apply to a group of around 400 thousand people who are still struggling, social and cultural planning office SCP said in its report The social state of the Netherlands. The SCP looked at the state of the Netherlands in the period 2008 to 2018, NOS reports.
The distribution of funds between the national government and municipalities should be urgently reassessed by the new cabinet, the Council for Financial Relations said, according to newspaper Trouw. The Council called the current system "inefficient", "cluttered" and "inconsistent".
Now that the municipalities are in charge of healthcare, home healthcare or guidance counselling can cost hundreds of euros a month more for people with an average or higher income or people with an equity
Three quarters of Dutch housing corporations noticed a significant increase in disturbances caused by disturbed tenants since the decentralization of healthcare at the start of 2015, according to a study done by housing dome Aedes among 174 corporations.
The access to and quality of youth healthcare is being threatened because municipalities are increasingly forced to focus on costs and savings, instead of the interests of the child, according to Children's Ombudsman Marc Dullaert. "When determining what treatment a child gets, his individual interests should come first, and not the financial or organizational interest of the municipality or institution. That currently does not seem to be the case."
A very large group of vulnerable young people are not receiving the social help and financial aid they need because municipalities have lost track of them. This group consists of some 100 thousand young people who have fallen off the municipalities' radar.
If the cabinet transfers youth care, elderly care and young handicapped benefits (Wajong) to municipalities next year, then those municipalities which have the biggest financial problems will have the most work to do.