VVD manifesto proposes cuts to dole and tax
28 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — The maximum duration of unemployment benefit (WW) should be cut from 38 to 19 months, according to the election manifesto presented by the Liberal Party (VVD) on Monday.
28 August 2006
AMSTERDAM — The maximum duration of unemployment benefit (WW) should be cut from 38 to 19 months, according to the election manifesto presented by the Liberal Party (VVD) on Monday.
The VVD said that the benefit payment could be increased for the first three months from 70 to 80 percent of the person's last wage. Large parts of the election programme, drawn up under the leadership of British Telecom chief Ben Verwaayen, were leaked last week.
A second key element of the manifesto is a call for a three percent income tax cut for everyone, to give average families a EUR 1,400 purchasing power boost.
Verwaayen described the programme as a "document for the voter, in the language of the voter, and with the logic of the voter". He said the 15-page document can be read in 10 minutes.
He said at the core of the programme is to "give the Netherlands ambition once again and drawing the full potential from people. Opportunities for everyone, everyone counts."
Other points include abolishing the property tax for homeowners and providing free childcare for working parents.
Paying for the estimated EUR 17 billion cost of the manifesto would involve deep cuts in social security. Apart from the reduction in dole (WW), the VVD also proposes scrapping benefit for people under the age of 27 and linking benefit payments to process instead of wages. The party also calls for cuts in the civil service and healthcare.
The article in the Constitution against discrimination should have priority over under articles, the Liberals said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news