Dutch housing benefit to be cut
Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner plans to reduce the amount of housing benefit people can claim to help pay for their social housing homes. Reductions of between one and 20 euros per month will be implemented on rentals costing over 361.66 euros per month.
The move will affect 79 percent of people living in social housing, which can be owned by local authorities or other organisations with the aim of providing cheap rented accommodation.
Mr Donner sent his proposal to parliament on Friday, pointing out how the cost of housing benefits has rocketed over recent years. He hopes to save 100 million euros in 2012 and 157 million euros per year by 2015.
The measure is designed to encourage people who are in a home they can’t afford to move to cheaper accommodation. The government is also preparing measures to ensure that wealthier households leave relatively cheap rented accommodation and either buy a home or move to a more expensive rental.
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