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Pensioners, families with children hardest hit by spending power drop

Thursday 17 January 2013

Almost everyone will have less money to spend this year, the fourth year in succession spending power has gone down, according to the family spending institute Nibud.

People who took early retirement and parents with children at daycare centres will be hardest hit, Nibud said. On average, people will have 2% less cash in their pockets, but the drop could be as high as 7.7% for some.

While pay slips may show a rise in net income, inflation is rising faster than wages and the increase in the own-risk element in healthcare has also gone up sharply.

In particular, Nibud says it is concerned about the financial situation of people claiming welfare benefits. Their spending power has gone down for the fourth year in a row and they have increasingly limited options to make savings, Nibud said.

Nibud has developed an online test for people to find out how much their own spending power will go down in 2013.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

The increasing extent that this world is controlled by anti families (especially anti children), money worshipping people is worrying. Childless couples and mobile individuals are getting more and more common. The family unit is facing great challenge. The ugly side of democracy is capitalism causing the demise of family units.

By ufo | 17 January 2013 8:39 AM


Capitalism, as we know it today operates without a moral compass?

By Highlander | 17 January 2013 12:53 PM

How many people does an over-populated country, indeed an over-populated world, need? It's not money worship, it's common-sense people and governments ending the child worship culture and forcing people to take responsibility for over-population by making parents pay for and raise their own kids.
Having kids is a choice. It doesn't mean it gives you the right to have everyone else (society) pay for them, including their consequent contribution to over-population.

By Cal | 17 January 2013 1:05 PM

You've got a good point to make, ufo, but you're on the wrong track. There is no "anti-family" conspiracy at work here. The simple fact of the matter is that people are, increasingly, unable to raise children because they can't afford them. This has to do with a variety of economic factors ranging from outsourcing to to technological improvements that are making workers irrelevant to companies simply doing more with less.

By B | 17 January 2013 1:55 PM

absolutely agree with you, ufo.
if this doesn't stop, there will be only a bunch of corporations with single people working in them.

By Jack | 17 January 2013 4:51 PM

Gone are the good old days when a friend of mine living in NL managed to get child allowance for both his kids that were living in Australia ;)

By The visitor | 17 January 2013 9:14 PM

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