MPs oppose pension cut plan, minister to press ahead

A large majority of MPs is opposed to government plans to cut the state pensions of elderly single people who live with an adult son or daughter, news agency ANP reports on Tuesday.

But social affairs minister Henk Kamp plans to press ahead with the plan, despite the opposition, ANP says.
MPs say it is an unfair rule which will hit children who look after a frail parent. ‘When you cut the parent’s money, you are punishing the child who looks after them. And then you force them to live apart,’ SP MP Paul Ulenbelt said.
The ruling CDA and alliance partner PVV are also opposed.
Household definition
Single pensioners are entitled to a basic pension of 70% of the minimum wage a month, while couples each get 50%.
But Kamp wants to change the definition of a household to include single pensioners living with an adult child. Pensioners already get smaller pensions if they share their home with a brother or sister as well as a partner.
The state pension for a single person is currently € 1,034.38 a month, plus holiday pay.

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