Minister wants to slash dependents' benefits
Dutch Deputy Social Affairs Minister Ahmed Aboutaleb says widows and widowers should enjoy unemployment benefits for only two years before they have to go back to work.2 December 2008
THE HAGUE – Deputy Social Affairs Minister Ahmed Aboutaleb has announced radical changes to benefits for dependents of people who have died.
The minister wants benefits paid to widows and widowers with young children to be reduced from a maximum of eighteen years to two years. Under current regulations, widows and widowers are entitled to the unemployment benefit until their children are 18.
The government wants to offer help widows and widowers with retraining and reintegration in the job market.
Aboutaleb argues that the current system discourages people from involvement in society.
The plans have already been slammed by the opposition Socialist Party.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]