Labour MPs urge minister to look into work for benefits schemes

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Schemes which require people who claim welfare benefits (bijstand) should be investigated to make sure they are not being used as cheap labour, according to PvdA and D66 MPs.

According to website, they want junior social affairs minister Jetta Klijnsma to look into reports that welfare claimants are being used to replace real jobs, adding to pressure on the employment market.

Welfare claimants are required by law to 'do something' in return for their money and to help them reintegrate into the Labour market.


However, the FNV trade union has compiled a blacklist of cases in which claimants have been used to replace regular jobs and undermine minimum wage legislation.

The VVD says claimants should be given more say themselves about what to do in return for benefits.

MPs are due to debate the welfare benefit system with the minister later on Wednesday.


1 Comment To This Article

  • HTD posted:

    on 5th June 2013, 13:56:47 - Reply

    Good article! However, I would like to add that a problem will also arise as the less than 10 hour indications for PGB' subsidies are dropped by the VVD next 01 January 2014.
    The PvdA et al. have required that 5% of the workforce of firms with greater than 50 employees be hired. Possibly, some of the less than 10 hours individuals might be hired as well or at least have priority consideration. In this manner, they hopefully would receive sufficient income to retain the household help that they now have.
    Just because some PGB people cannot do physical jobs at home does not mean that they are automatically to be excluded from jobs that they can perform under modified working conditions as many now do.
    Sadly, there will still be those whose chronic, disabled, or handicapped conditions do not provide them with a 10 hours for PGB indication.
    If the VVD is going to take away these individuals PGB subsidy, then they should be willing to help them secure a job under the 5% regulation, if not viable, then they should be allowed to continue with their small PBG allowances. Businesses should realize that by supporting the elimination of these small PGB subsidies that they must still then hire some of those who are affected. They will have to retrain their workers to get along with the special needs of these individuals that would include such items as handicapped parking spots, electric lift chairs or elevators capable of being accessed by wheelchair, special seats, et al.
    In fairness to all there needs to be some quid pro quo in eliminating the current PGB system.