Service cheques set to launch

26th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

26 November 2003, BRUSSELS – After a week of disagreement, the government has announced that so-called service cheques, which can be used to hire household help, are to be launched.

26 November 2003

BRUSSELS – After a week of disagreement, the government has announced that so-called service cheques, which can be used to hire household help, are to be launched.

Service cheques are designed to make household help cheaper thanks to government subsidies, and go some way towards solving the problem of undeclared work, creating 25,000 jobs.

Last week, disagreement on the topic was rife between French-speaking socialists, the PS, and other majority parties after the PS wanted more guarantees about the quality of work done through the scheme.

Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt finally came to an agreement with all parties on the basic rules of the system, which will remain under the authority of the federal government. 

It will be up to the Flemish and French-speaking Communities to determine for themselves which organisations can and cannot work with service cheques.

Subject: Belgian news

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