Labour Party wants to cut royal budget

11th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Labour Party believes that members of the royal family should be treated the same way as any other Dutch citizen. Labour MP Jeroen Recourt argues that the royals should pay rent for the palaces they live in, pay inheritance tax and pay for the costs of private flights.

The MP says he does not begrudge the queen the special provisions necessary for fulfilling her duties, but argues that anything not work-related should be paid out of her own pocket. “Why should the state pay for these costs? I would prefer the underprivileged enjoy these perks.”

Just like the largest coalition-government party, the conservative VVD, he feels the royal family should also contribute towards achieving the government budget cuts that currently affect Dutch society as a whole.

Mr Recourt also wants more clarity about the royal family’s assets and what criteria are used to determine what constitutes their private property. At present, members of the royal family pay tax on their private assets only. Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Princess Máxima are paid a tax-free sum consisting of a salary and a reimbursement for staff and other expenses.

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