In a short New Year's address, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema praised the hopeful feeling around the city's future. She said the city wants more people to be able to access Amsterdam's growing prosperity through policy that addresses poverty, disenfranchisement, and crime.
The number of Dutch people living in poverty decreased from 1.2 million in 2013 to almost 1 million in 2016, according to social and cultural planning office SCP. The SCP attributes the decline to the improvement of the Dutch economy after 2013, NOS reports.
A growing group of working Dutch live in poverty, social and cultural planning office SCP said in a report published on Wednesday. In 2014 a total of 4.6 percent of Dutch workers, or 320 thousand people, lived below the poverty line, compared to 3.1 percent in 2001. Of these working poor, 175 thousand are employed and 145 thousand are self-employed, ANP reports.
For the first time since the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2008, more people in the Netherlands are positive about the development of the country than are negative, according to a report by social and cultural planning office SCP. The Dutch are less worried about the economy and have more confidence in politics and the judiciary, RTL Nieuws reports.
The College of Human Rights think poverty reduction should be higher up on the political agenda and the government should develop a national program to tackle poverty, they stated in a report issued on Wednesday. Human rights such as right to education, employment, health and housing are threatened by citizens' lack of monetary means.
The Dutch policies on fighting childhood poverty are ineffective and need to be revised, social and economic council SER said in advice to the upcoming government. Despite numerous efforts by government and various organizations, child poverty is structural in the Netherlands, according to SER. While other countries manage to reduce it, NU.nl reports.
An increasing number of Dutch children grow up in poverty, according to Defense for Children's report Kinderen in tel 2016. But at the same time, the organization did note a decline in school dropouts and juvenile delinquency, NOS reports.
PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher wants to invest an additional 100 million euros a year into helping people who have a hard time getting by, he said to the Leeuwarder Courant. He also wants to increase welfare benefits and child support.
The current Deputy Prime Minister praised the so-called Leeuwarden child package, which helps kids from less fortunate families join a sports club, take music lessons or go on a field trip. He wants to introduce a similar system nationwide.
Despite a decrease in the wealth gap in the Netherlands, the number of households living in long-term poverty increased to 3.3 percent of households in 2015, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. In 2015 a total of 221 thousand households lived below the minimum income threshold for more than four years, 27 thousand more than in 2015.
Children's rights organizations Save the Children and Defense for Children are calling on the Dutch government to do more to fight poverty among hundreds of thousands of kids in the Netherlands
Nearly half of Dutch poultry farmers have been living below the poverty for an average of 15 years, according to an ING report on the state of Dutch agriculture. Half of chicken farmers and 45 percent of pig farmers lived on less than 22,300 a year between 2001 and 2015
The number of people living in poverty in the Netherlands fell slightly since 2014, according to a report by the social and cultural planning office SCP. If the cabinet sticks to its promise to improve purchasing power next year, poverty will drop even further, according to the SCP
About 421 thousand children lived in a home with a low income in 2014 and were at risk of growing up in poverty. That is 12 percent of all children in the Netherlands. Some 131 thousand of them have been living in a low-income household for more than 4 years, according to Statistics Netherlands.
The number of people stuck in long term poverty increased significantly as a result of the economic crisis. In 2013 a massive 1.25 million people lived in poverty. Almost half of them - 595 thousand people - lived below the poverty line for three or more years. That is almost 4 percent of the Dutch population, according to a report by the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau on long-term poverty in the Netherlands.
One in eight kids in the Netherlands are growing up in families wit low incomes, but this is slowly improving. The number of low-income households in the Netherlands is no longer increasing and may even start falling in the near future, according to Statistics Netherlands and the Central Planning Bureau on Wednesday.
Pope Franciscus might be willing to visit the Netherlands to meet "Argentine Queen" Maxima, he said in his first ever interview with Dutch journalists.
The Netherlands’ economic contribution for development cooperation has been labelled an embarrassment by Oxfam Novib according to a calculation done by the organization. The calculation has revealed that the Netherlands is no longer meeting the UN’s spending target, 0.7 percent of the country’s GDP, for poverty reduction, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday.
A total of 96,246 Amsterdam households are living in poverty. That is 23.7 percent of all Amsterdam residents, an increase of 1.3 percent compared to 2013.
There is an increasing gap between highly educated people and people with a lower education in the Netherlands. This gap will continue to grow larger if something doesn't change in the development in the labor market. This will result in a higher unemployment rate and poverty among low-educated people.
The number of students in high school education increased from 13 thousand in 1900 to almost a million today, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) revealed on Thursday. Currently, 80 percent of the Dutch population between the ages of 12 and 18 are enrolled in a secondary school. The current percentage has largely held over the course of the last four decades.
Food banks affiliated with national organization Voedselbanken provided food to 94,000 people in 2014, an 11 percent rise over the previous year. The number of affiliates grew to 157, with 10,000 people volunteering to assist in collecting and distributing food.
More parents are having a difficult time covering costs connected to their children’s education, a nonprofit organization says. A thirty percent increase in parents applying for financial assistance to cover school cash contributions was reported by Leergeld, an organisation that helps parents cover the supposedly voluntary costs.
Children are increasingly often becoming the victims of crimes such as assault, robbery or vandalism. In 2013, one in five young people aged 15 to 18 was the victim of violence or a crime against property.
Over four thousand needy children who would have otherwise gotten no gifts this winter holiday, received gifts from the Sinterklaasbank this week. Elisa Nuij, founder of the Sinterklaasbank, says the amount of families who needed the help of her organization this year has grown considerably, up from 2500 children last year, and 1500 the year before.