"More social participation for poor children"

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The cabinet wants to give poor children more opportunities to participate in sports and cultural activities.

10 December 2007

THE HAGUE – The number of children who are not members of a sport club, do not attend a music school or do not have a computer at home because of poverty should be halved in the coming years.

Social Affairs state secretary Ahmed Aboutaleb and Minister André Rouvoet (Youth and Family Affairs) are earmarking a total of EUR 80 million for this.

This has emerged from a letter Aboutaleb sent to Parliament on Monday. A plan from Labour PvdA MP Hans Spekman, adopted in September, aims to give municipalities an extra EUR 40 million next year and in 2009 to give poor children more opportunities. Spekman says more than 300,000 children are growing up in poverty and cannot take part in social activities.

At the beginning of next year the state secretary will make agreements with municipalities on how poor children can participate in more sports, cultural and other activities. Local governments should themselves determine how to achieve the goal, as long as the money reaches the children, for example in the form of compensation for the membership dues for a sports club.

Rouvoet and Aboutaleb are also going to investigate the number of children growing up in poverty in the coming years. It must also become clear whether the extra funds actually bring about results.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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