Government welfare plans will not save money

Government plans to scrap basic welfare payments (bijstand), invalidty benefit for young people and subsidised work for the handicapped will not save money, but will cost €750m, according to research carried out by Epsilon Research for the FNV trade union.

Rather than helping disabled young people into a job, scrapping the subsidised work scheme will leave them with no chance of work, Trouw reports the researchers as saying.
In addition, administration costs will soar because each local council will have to set up its own administration. At the moment, the welfare schemes being dealt with through the UWV job centres,
‘This will lead to 420 administration systems rather than the one we have now,’ the FNV told the paper.

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