Disabled demonstrate in The Hague

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A number of organisations are demonstrating in The Hague today against proposed government cuts. Churches and unions have helped organise the protest as they say the cuts will hit the chronically ill and disabled people more than any other group.

The disabled and chronically ill fear that various different austerity measures will pile up on them. In the future they will receive less in rent rebates, but will have to pay more for health care. They will also be affected by cuts in the budgets of sheltered work placement schemes. Likewise government plans for a more sober allocation of personal care budgets, which enable people to buy in home help, will also affect this group.

Around 10,000 people are expected to join the demonstration outside parliament on Monday afternoon.

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