Welfare claims set to soar in 2010

The benefits payment office UWV expects 150,000 people to lose their unemployment benefits and to begin claiming basic welfare next year, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

Income-related unemployment benefit (ww) is paid for between three and 38 months, depending on how long people were in work. After that the jobless can claim basic welfare, provided they own assets of no more than €5,455.
The 150,000 new claims expected by the UWV would be double the 2008 figure.
The UWV says in particular the sharp increase in youth unemployment will boost welfare claims. ‘Because they have a short working history, they quickly use up their rights to unemployment benefit,’ a spokesman told the paper.
The organisation also has its doubts about the more optimistic jobless forecasts made by the government’s macro-economic policy unit CPB, according to news agency ANP.
The CPB now expects the jobless total to reach 615,000 or 8% of the working population by the end of next year. It had earlier put the figure at 9.5%. At the moment, some 5% of the working population are officially unemployed.

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