More Dutch government spending cuts
The caretaker Dutch cabinet plans to impose dramatic cuts on the budget for helping immigrants integrate into Dutch society. The cuts, worth several hundred million euros, are part of 3.2 billion euros of savings which will have to be made to balance next year’s budget.
A total of 700 million euros is being found by using up money earmarked for policy initiatives, according to sources in The Hague. The cuts will officially be made known next week on Dutch Budget Day.
Other cuts became public last month after caretaker ministers agreed the 2011 budget. These include making savings of 600 million euros on government personnel costs, already agreed wage restraint good for 400 million euros, higher duties on tobacco, limiting subsidies for businesses and lowering child care allowance.
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