Rotterdam council executive resigns over spending cuts

Rotterdam council executive Dominic Schrijer has resigned, saying his own Labour party is ‘anti-social’ and plans for more cuts in welfare spending are ‘irresponsible’.

Schrijer, responsible for work and social affairs, presented his plan for €100m of savings to the council on Sunday. The package of cuts did not include welfare benefits and subsidised jobs. ‘My plan was solid and social,’ he told Trouw on Tuesday.
Two of his Labour colleagues presented an alternative plan that would be devastating to social policy, according to Schrijer.
On Monday the council met to discuss the 2012 budget and total savings of &euro300m. Schrijer was left with no support for his planned cuts and has now resigned.

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