Parties battle over children’s allowance
22 February 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Christian Democrat Party (CDA) said on Wednesday children’s allowance must be “cost covering” from next year. This would cost the exchequer EUR 300 million.
The CDA’s Maxime Verhagen told the media at an election meeting that children’s allowance had to be modified on 1 July this year to compensate for rising prices.
He said it was high time families were compensated for price rises and the CDA would push the issue during discussions between the Social Affairs minister in parliament. The cabinet will have to say before the summer how it intended to meet the CDA’s demands, Verhagen said.
While electioneering in Apeldoorn on Wednesday, Labour Party (PvdA) leader Wouter Bos said the employer’s contribution to day care services should be scrapped and replaced with a system in which the government pays most of the costs. Parents would pay a limited amount under Labour’s plans.
Employers, Bos said, have shown a reluctance to pay a voluntary contribution to child care. Under the current system, parents, employers and the government share the costs.
Jozias van Aartsen, parliamentary leader of the Liberal Party (VVD), proposed in Eindhoven that the parent’s contribution be halved. He wants the government to commit EUR 250 million in next year’s budget to this.
The VVD and CDA are part of the government coalition with the social liberal D66. The PvdA is the largest opposition party.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news