Budget details leaked to media

14th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Prinsjesdag, or Budget Day, falls in the Netherlands on the third Tuesday of September. In time honoured tradition the government's plans are leaked to the media in advance.

14 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — Prinsjesdag, or Budget Day, falls in the Netherlands on the third Tuesday of September. In time honoured tradition the government's plans are leaked to the media in advance.

Television station RTL and commuter newspaper 'Metro' revealed details from draft copies of the budget for 2006 on Wednesday, six days before Budget Day. 

RTL said ministers made little effort this time to keep the plans secret as the budget will have some good news for the public following on the heels of a few years of belt-tightening.

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who was attending the UN summit in New York, went through the motions and expressed annoyance the information had been leaked.

He ruled out an investigation to find the source of the leak because the budget has been circulated widely in government circles.

Thanks to tax windfalls, the centre-right coalition has EUR 1.5 billion to boost the public's spending power next year.

Everyone will benefit as a result but the biggest winners will be high-income earners with children and older people with substantial supplementary pensions. In some cases, they will see up to a five percent improvement in their spending power.

An unexpected increase in gas receipts leaves the government with EUR 3 billion to spend on roads, bridges and tunnels as well as education and the environment.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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