Budget approved with minor adjustments
The cabinet will provide more money in 2009 for the arts, transportation and problem schools.19 September 2008
THE HAGUE -- The cabinet has pushed its budget plans through the Lower House largely unchanged. It did, however, accept a few relatively small changes proposed by the governing parties.
Extra money will now be provided for caretakers at schools in 40 problem neighbourhoods, the so-called "Vogelaar neighbourhoods", named after Housing Minister Ella Vogelaar who developed the list.
Money will also be provided to ease traffic bottlenecks and provide extra funding for the arts, housing construction and transport for students in vocational education.
The extra measures will cost EUR 150 million and will be paid for mainly by reducing outside consultants, reduced subsidies and anti-fraud actions.
Almost all the opposition’s attempts to change the proposed policies failed. However, the conservative VVD party’s proposal to bring individuals to court who threaten ambulance workers and bus drivers was accepted.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]