Coalition parties have €150m in plans

The three coalition parties – Christian Democrats, ChristenUnie and Labour – have made €150m-worth of changes to government spending plans, cabinet sources told news agencies on Wednesday.

For example, Labour wants an extra €50m for local authorities to spend on fighting poverty this year. The money would compensate the poorest households for the rising electricity and dairy prices.
The CDA would like to spend an extra €50m on maintaining the country’s cultural and industrial heritage. And the orthodox CU wants more money to help teenage mothers and women who leave prostitution.
The demands will be raised during Wednesday night’s debate on the financial situation in the Netherlands with finance minister Wouter Bos.
Ministers will finalise spending plans for next year’s budget in August.

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