Local councillors from the anti-Islam PVV are boycotting traditional New Year receptions in The Hague and Almere because of the cost, the Telegraaf reports.
The Hague is spending €150,000 on its reception which the local PVV party has dismissed as ‘nothing more than an expensive party, using other people’s money’.
A city council spokesman pointed out that everyone could register to attend the do, which had been widely advertised last year. In addition, the budget had been cut by €50,000.
Almere’s reception will cost €60,000.
Amsterdam has scrapped its traditional New Year do because of the cost at a time of government cutbacks.
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