2.6 billion euros for disabled workers

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By 2015 municipalities together will have 2.6 billion euros to help disabled and underprivileged workers, Deputy Minister for Social Affairs Paul de Krom says in a letter to parliament.

Around 1.8 billion euros are intended to support work schemes for the disabled, and the rest to help disabled workers get a regular job.

The letter explains a number of aspects of a new law, Working to one’s Ability, that the cabinet wants to introduce in 2013.

The law aims to group a number of special work schemes together, which would result in savings worth 1.8 billion euros.

The plan has been criticised by the opposition, who fear it will increase the number of unemployed and end the work schemes for the disabled.

Disabled people, the opposition warns, will see many existing services disappear while no suitable jobs exist for them.

The plan, the minister writes, aims to reduce the number of disabled people working in sheltered workshops from 90,000 to 30,000.

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