The opposition parties PVV and CDA want explanations from Minister Stef Blok (Housing) regarding the energy label that has been mandatory when selling a home since January 1st. This is in response to reports in De Telegraaf, which reported that many complained about the label and that there is a deliberate unfavorable assessment of houses that should induce people to insulate their homes better.
Ankie Broekers-Knol, the chairman of the First Chamber, denounced the intention of the Cabinet to guide the Healtcare Act of Minister Edith Schippers (Public Health) through the Senate via a side road. She finds it contrary to the Constitution and that it undermines the parliamentary system. The chairman expressed her criticism in the radio program De Ochtend.
In addition to the housing associations and healthcare facilities, the postponement of the new law on top incomes will also apply to universities. This is according to a letter that PvdA Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education sent to the Second Chamber yesterday.
VVD minsters Edith Schipers (Public Health, Welfare and Sports) and Stef Blok (Housing) does not want to immediately implement the new law which cuts the top incomes in the (semi) public sectors back to the same amount as a minister salary. According to the ministers, there is not enough time.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs announced on Monday that the minimum area requirement for student housing will be reduced from 18m² to 15m². The requirement for a balcony and bike shed will also be removed.
From 2017 (at the latest), owners of a flat or apartment will be required to deposit money into the coffers of their Homeowners Association on a monthly basis.
The parliamentary committee that investigated ICT projects made a "safe estimation" that the Dutch government wastes between 1 and 5 billion euro annually by ICT failures.
Until 2018 about 15 thousand of the 150 thousand jobs in the Civil Service will be lost. In total, the government wants to reduce the expenditure of the central government, with almost a quarter, to 13 billion euros. This is part of the ‘National Reform Agenda’ that the responsible Minister, Stef Blok (VVD) sent on Wednesday to the House.