VVD and PvdA plan no more changes in 2013 spending plans

The two parties currently negotiating forming a new government have no more plans to amend the outgoing government’s 2013 budget, it emerged during a debate on Tuesday.

VVD leader and prime minister Mark Rutte told MPs no other changes in the financial planning for next year ‘are expected’.
The changes agreed earlier this week by the VVD and PvdA include scrapping the tax-break on travel expenses and the extra fees for students who take too long to complete their degree.
The changes to the budget agreement, reached earlier this year, were criticised by opposition MPs. The anti-immigration PVV, which pulled out of the current governing alliance forcing last month’s general election, said the VVD had lied to voters and made too many concessions to the PvdA.
The Socialists, by contrast, accused the PvdA of adopting the ‘neo-Liberal course followed by the VVD’ by agreeing to spending cuts, not extra investment.
The Christian Democrats and Liberal Democrats D66 both said the new alliance is saddling the average person with an increase in taxes.
Caretaker cabinet
Meanwhile, sources in The Hague have told Nos television the atmosphere between ministers in the outgoing cabinet is ‘not great’.
The VVD-CDA coalition is now in a caretaker role, pending the formation of a new administration.
In particular, CDA ministers feel they are being held back by Rutte, who is now intent on doing business with the PvdA.

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