UWV benefit agency workforce to be slashed by up to one third

The state-run benefit agency and job centre organisation UWV is to cut its workforce by up to one third or between 5,000 and 6,000 jobs to meet government spending targets.

The agency has to cut spending by €299m between 2012 and 2015, making large scale redundancies unavoidable, social affairs minister Henk Kamp told MPs on Monday.
In addition, the organisation has to cope with the knock-on effect of reduced local authority spending on efforts to get the long-term jobless back into work. This will lead to a further budget cuts, news agency AFN said.
As well as job losses, the number of reintegration offices will be cut from 100 to 30, Kamp said.
Hundreds of jobs are also set to go at the social insurance bank SVB, where the budget is being reduced by €54m. The social affairs ministry will have to deal with spending cuts of €58m.
Realising the government’s spending targets involves ‘far-reaching and painful choices’, the minister said.

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