MPs back state pension gap plan

A majority of MPs supports a Christian Democrat proposal to allow people who have not been able to build up full state pension (AOW) rights, a one-off chance to do so.

The move largely affects immigrants who have not consistently lived in the Netherlands from the ages of 15 to 65. Every missing year leads to a 2% cut in the state pension.
The number of people affected is around 425,000 says the Volkskrant.
Junior social affairs minister Ahmed Aboutaleb told MPs on Thursday afternoon that he is sympathetic to the gesture but warned that it would be difficult to implement.

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