Bonus for older staff who stay on at work

People who stay on in work past the age of 62 are to be offered bonuses mounting up to €3,500 a year, NOS tv reports on Friday.

The idea is included in the government’s 2009 spending plans which will be published next month, NOS says.
The government already has plans to make well-off pensioners continue to pay state pension premiums after they retire from 2011, and the bonus is meant to compensate them and keep their spending power on an even keel.
People who work past the age of 65 will also get a financial bonus, NOS says.
Finance minister Wouter Bos told reporters on Thursday that ‘all the minuses’ have been removed from the budget and all ministers have agreed on the spending plans for next year.
In June, the government’s economic policy unit CPB warned that pensioners and people on minimum incomes would have less to spend next year.
Last week, it emerged that plans to increase value-added tax (btw) have been dropped. Instead, ministers will urge the unions to show pay restraint.

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