The Rutte III government has too little regard for the thousands of vulnerable people in the Netherlands who do not receive the care that they need, the National Ombudsman, the Netherlands Court of Auditors and social and cultural planning office SCP said in a joint statement on Wednesday. The Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament, is discussing the healthcare budget on Wednesday afternoon, NU.nl 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.
Dutch kids are still among the happiest in Europe and tend to have a good relationship with their parents, but more are experiencing pressure from their school work, according to a study by Utrecht University, the Trimbos institute and SCP. The researchers also found that the majority of 16-year-olds drink alcohol despite being underage, and that condom use is declining, NOS reports.
Forty percent of parents think that childcare is too expensive, according to a survey by social and cultural planning office SCP. What Dutch parents want is good, but above all affordable childcare, the researchers conclude, ANP reports.
The SCP researchers surveyed 1,800 parents of babies and toddlers. They found that many parents do not send their child to childcare because they find it too expensive. According to the SCP, those parents may not know exactly how expensive childcare really is and therefore have a distorted mage of the costs.
The average senior citizen, 55 years old or older, currently in the Netherlands is less lonely than his or her peers were 20 years ago. They have better social contacts, more often have a partner and their networks are often larger and more diverse, according to a study by social and cultural planning office SCP, NU.nl reports.
Over the past ten years Dutch Muslims' faith became increasingly important to them, according to a study by social and cultural planning office SCP. The researchers attribute this partly to increased tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims and the feeling of exclusion that stems from that, NOS reports.
More than 40 percent of Syrian refugees in te Netherlands have psychological problems like depression and anxiety, according to a study by social and cultural planning office SCP. Despite these problems, they make little use of mental health care. The SCP spoke to 44 thousand Syrians who were given refugee status in the Netherlands between January 2014 and July 2016, ANP reports.
Dutch people's opinions bout lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are increasingly positive, social and cultural planning office SCP said in a new report published on Thursday. Despite this many Dutch still have problems with seeing same-sex couples kissing, Het Parool and NOS report.
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.
Nowhere else in Europe do young women work as few hours as in the Netherlands, according to a study by social and cultural planning office SCP. And nowhere else are the differences between men and women so large - 29 hours per week for women, and 37 hours per week for men, ANP reports.
People with disabilities or health problems in the Netherlands have a hard time finding work. Half of organizations do not want to hire people with disabilities or other health problems, according to a study among 3 thousand employers by social and cultural planning office SCP, BNR reports.
Half of the organizations indicated that they don't want to hire additional people with health restrictions. Two thirds said that they feel responsible for hiring people with disabilities or health problems, but only 11 percent actually intend to do so.
People in the Netherlands want the new Dutch government to give top priority to healthcare, according to social and cultural planning office SCP's quarterly survey of what Dutch think about the country. "45 percent of respondents put healthcare on number one", SCP spokesperson Josje den Ridder said to NOS.
One in seven residents of nursing homes in the Netherlands are very rarely or never able to leave the nursing home to go visit friends or family, and a quarter of the elderly people almost never go outside, according to a report by social and cultural planning office SCP. According to the report, these elderly people would like to get out of the nursing home every now and again, but can't because there's no one to help them or their health problems don't allow it, RTL Nieuws reports.
People in the Netherlands have a "relatively large awareness" about discrimination, according to social and cultural planning office SCP's quarterly report. At the same time, there is also a lot of skepticism about discrimination - many respondents feel that people claim discrimination too quickly and that some groups are hyper-sensitive about the topic, ANP reports.
Every quarter the SCP surveys respondents about their political views and their views on social issues for its Continual Research on Civil Perspective. Discrimination stood central for the second quarter's survey.
On an average day 21 percent of Dutch don't bother following the news at all and another 18 percent spend less than five minutes doing so, according to a study social and cultural planning office SCP released on Thursday. That amounts to 39 percent of Dutch barely knowing what's going on in the country and the world, ANP reports.
The SCP calls this a "troubling" trend. "A well informed population is important for the functioning of democracy", according to researcher Annemarie Wennekers.
Same sex couples are better at splitting paid and unpaid work between partners than their heterosexual counterparts, according to a report by social and cultural planning office SCP. Lesbian couples in particular divide household duties more fairly than traditional households, RTL reports.
The number of Dutch transgenders who changed their gender on their passport increased significantly following the implementation of the transgender law. Between 2007 and 2014 about 80 people per year changed their gender on their passport, according to figures from social and cultural planning office SCP. In 2015 there were 770 gender changes, NU.nl reports.
Only a quarter of poorly educated women in the Netherlands are economically independent, according to social and cultural planning office SCP. This puts them far behind educated women, of whom 71 percent don't have to rely on anyone to provide basic necessities, RTL Nieuws reports.
On average 54 percent of Dutch women are economically independent, thought he differences between education level are very high. Women with a lower level of education tend to work less, have more children and seem to find emancipation less important, according to SCP.
The people of the Netherlands aren't very optimistic about society and the future of the country, according a quarterly report by social and cultural planning office SCP. The Dutch are mostly concerned about immigration, integration, intolerance and that society is growing harsher. They are positive about the economy however, RTL Nieuws.
The SCP did this survey early this year, before the parliamentary election on March 15th.
Openly gay men and lesbians generally feel accepted in their sports clubs, according to a study by social and cultural planning office SCP on the sports participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT), RTL Nieuws reports.
A study by RTL last year revealed that LGBT athletes aren't always open about their sexuality. The SCP study revealed that when they are, they generally feel accepted. Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are generally well accepted, according to the SCP.
Even though Dutch people like to grumble when things do not go their way, the population is generally pretty satisfied about the country, according to a study I&O Research did on behalf of newspaper AD. The survey among more than 6 thousand Dutch found that while there are concerns about contradictions in society, most are positive about the Netherlands' future, AD reports.
A massive 40 percent of Dutch-Turks and Dutch-Moroccans don't feel at home in the Netherlands, according to a study by social and cultural planning office SCP. They are particularly concerned about their employment prospects in the country and regularly experience discrimination, Het Parool reports.
The SCP analyzed multiple other studies in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary election and came to this conclusion.
In all of the European Union, the Netherlands has the largest differences in the number of hours worked by men and women, according to research by the Dutch social and cultural planning office SCP. In the EU the average number of hours worked per week is 35 hours for women and 39 hours for men. In the Netherlands it is 29 hours for women and 37 hours for men, the Volkskrant reports.
A third of Dutch people who received care and support at home in 2015, find that the care was inadequate, according to a study done by social and cultural planning office SCP, NOS reports.
Just under 2 million people over the age of 18 received home care in 2015. About 670 thousand of them say they needed more care than they received.