A proposal not to allow child benefit to grow with inflation can count on the support of the coalition. None of the four old coalition parties (which are now also negotiating a new cabinet) is enthusiastic about the proposal, which was met with anger and indignation from the opposition. The chance that the proposal will pass the Senate, where the coalition does not have a majority, is very small.
The cabinet wants to save 100 million annually by not adjusting the child benefit in 2022 and in 2023 to the price increase, and only to a limited extent in 2024. That money is invested in implementing organizations. Opposition parties speak of a “blunt austerity” and are lashing out at the coalition. Those parties are not at all enthusiastic either, but they do support the amendment.
Paid parental leave
VVD MP Judith Tielen calls the coalition agreement on the cutbacks “acceptable”, in combination with the proposal for paid parental leave that was adopted by the Senate earlier this week. “I’m not partying here either: great fun, we’re having a great time,” admits Tielen. However, she emphasizes that the cabinet has invested “almost 1 billion in families” during this period.
“A deal is a deal”
Tielen received a lot of criticism from opposition parties, just like coalition partner Don Ceder (ChristenUnie). His party opposed the proposal earlier this year, when Ceder was not yet in the House. Ceder says he feels bound: “Agreement is a deal.” The package also contains beautiful things, he emphasizes.
D66 member Marijke van Beukering admits that it has “never been my dream” to “justify” this proposal. In view of all the measures, she still calls it “logical”, all the more so because investments have to be made in the implementation. According to CDA MP Hilde Palland, this is a “difficult measure that a family party like the CDA finds difficult to bear”.
No support from the Senate
The full opposition is expected to vote against the proposal, meaning it is likely to fail in the Senate. An inventory by RTL Nieuws already shows that there is indeed no support in the Senate.
Child benefit plan does not find support in the Senate, coalition not enthusiastic either
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