The Dutch Tax Authority still hasn't stopped welfare payments to any suspected Dutch jihadists who joined the war in Syria, despite a law making this possible being implemented in October, the Telegraaf reports.
The VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie are now really very almost done with their government agreement, ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers said to NOS on Friday afternoon. But he thinks the four parties will have to meet again on Monday.
There will be no meetings over the weekend. The ChristenUnie respects the Sunday rest. "And on Saturday I have other plans", Segers said to the broadcaster.
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.
National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen calls on Dutch municipalities to immediately act on welfare requests from residents over the age of 27. A number of municipalities first require applicants to apply for jobs. According to the Ombudsman, this is "absolutely improper" and against the welfare rules, NU.nl reports.
The number of welfare recipients rose again in the second quarter of 2016. At the end of June a total of 463 thousand people in the Netherlands below retirement age were on welfare, 21 thousand more than the year before, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday.
Last year the number of children growing up in families on welfare benefits increased from 223 thousand to 226 thousand, an increase of 1.3 percent, according to Statistics Netherlands. The statistics office attributes the increase mainly to Syrian refugees now living in the country.
Nearly 3,000 benefit recipients living in Amsterdam recently received a letter with the wrong details over their monthly benefits - instead of containing their details, the letter contained personal information about another benefit recipient
The D66 is calling on the government to make 75 million euros available to quickly teach asylum seekers the Dutch language, party leader Alexander Pechtold said on the television program Buitenhof on Sunday
Unemployment in the Netherlands continues to decline, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Thursday. Most of the decline can be attributed to the age group 25 to 45 years, where unemployment has been falling almost continually for two years. People in long-term unemployment are still struggling to reenter the workforce.
The number of active welfare benefits in the Netherlands keeps growing. Last year 450 thousand people received welfare benefits, 16 thousand more than in 2014. The increase can almost completely be attributed to over-45-year-olds and under-27-year-olds, according to Statistics Netherlands.
An increasing number of Dutch households are heavily reliant on welfare benefits to get through the month. Between 2008 and 2014 the proportion increased from 9.1 percent to 11.6 percent. Single-parent families and non-western households are most often dependent on benefits to make ends meet, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Tuesday.
A total of 639 thousand migrants from European Union countries were living in the Netherlands on December 31st 2014. That is an increase of 47 percent compared to the 435 thousand EU migrants in the country in 2007, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Monday. Since 2012, the annual increase was about 5.5 percent.
Despite the still high unemployment rate and number of people on welfare benefits, the economic outlook in the Netherlands is somewhat brighter in November than a month ago. Almost all key signals for the state of the Dutch economy are on green this month.
Amsterdam's commitment to tackling youth unemployment seems to be paying off. The youth unemployment rate has been falling steadily since the beginning of the year, and is now 14 percent lower than it was on January 1st.
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.
Despite the recovering labor market, the number of people on welfare increased by 4 percent over the first two quarters of this year.
The municipalities of Utrecht and Tilburg are planning a trial with the so-called basic income, in which they give "free money" to welfare recipients without any conditions attached to it
Nine percent of all people on welfare benefits also have a part-time job. This percentage is 16 percent for single parents on welfare. This saves nearly 350 million euros for social services each year, as they have to pay less out.
Hans de Boer, head of employers' organization VNO-NCW, has apologized for calling unemployed people lazy and disinterested in an interview with the Volkskrant on Wednesday.
Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs is outraged that VNO-NCW boss Hans de Boer called the unemployed "highly educated, lazy, disinterested weaklings". "Cussing at the unemployed end being proud of it. These times call for an outstretched hand instead of a middle finger." the Deputy Prime Minister said.
More and more people who participated in military missions abroad register for welfare benefits due to all sorts of complaints.