Dutch news in brief, Monday 27 July 2009

27th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.

New cutback law leaves handicapped toddler out in the cold
AD reports 'Handicapped toddler left out in the cold'.

Four-year-old André van der Putten is deaf and has no control over his muscles. He cannot stand or use his ligaments and needs a special chair. If his head falls to the side, he needs assistance.

In the past, a care worker helped out the Van der Putten family and the toddler was well taken care of.

However, a new law aimed at cutbacks in home care went into effect on 1 January, leading to a reduction in help provided. Under the new rule, children with disabilities receiving home care were re-examined. It also states all children under five need a lot of care and constant supervision, hence no exception should be made for toddlers with severe handicaps.

This is a stark contrast to the public’s understanding of the new law. AD reports the public thought the cutbacks would only affect "light cases", such as home delivery services for the elderly or children with mild forms of ADHD.

The Van der Putten family were informed at the start of the year that their child's care would be cut by 75 percent.

AD writes the Van der Putten family is not alone. The cabinet expects that 60,000 people will eventually lose their care, which will lead to a savings of EUR 800 million.

Paediatrician Sandra Titulaer said: "I know of cases where the guidelines for (disabled) toddlers who can only turn their head have been changed and (the parents have been told) that their child does not need more supervision than the average child."

Extreme asocial behaviour is now dismissed as mischief
De Telegraaf writes the foundation Church and World wants to grant prizes to youths who participate in projects which make a contribution to society.

The paper writes that "Extreme asocial behaviour among youths has become so common that police in the town of Gouda refer to it as 'mischief'. Research shows that 80 percent of Dutch citizens are fed up with asocial behaviour, but people are afraid to speak out."

Saturday’s NRC Handelsblad looks at the problem of asocial behaviour from a different angle.

The article, accompanied by a drawing of a tulip and two windmills with middle fingers sticking out of them, writes that there is "a growing lack of respect, common decency and tolerance. More than 90 percent of the Dutch think that other Dutch are too egocentric.

“This is both tragic and comic – everyone accuses everyone else of a lack of consideration… There is never a trace of self-criticism. Other people are always the ones who should change their behaviour."

Radio Netherlands / Frank Scimone / Expatica

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