Rutte: no 500 euros extra purchasing power support for low and middle incomes

Opposition parties have been pushing for more purchasing power support for people who are hardest hit by all the price increases. In the debate on the Spring Memorandum two weeks ago, Prime Minister Rutte said he was positive about an idea by PvdA and GroenLinks to give people who are already receiving health care allowance an ‘autumn allowance’ of 500 euros.

The debate was suspended to give the cabinet time to explore what is still possible. That investigation has now been completed, and according to the cabinet nothing appears to be possible. “Our conclusion is that it really just doesn’t work,” Rutte says today.

Can’t explain

GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver is very disappointed. “This is really a case of unwillingness. We have known for months that it is necessary to help people. If the cabinet does not do that, they really leave people behind.”

PvdA party leader Attje Kuiken is also not pleased with the efforts of the cabinet. “If you really want to do something for all those Dutch people who get into financial problems, you can. This cabinet throws everything at impracticability, but comes up with no alternative. Pure political unwillingness.”

Rutte strongly contradicts this. “Unwillingness. No, why should we?”

wicked route

The cabinet had previously pledged 800 euros to the lowest incomes. But it takes a lot of effort for municipalities to find everyone who is entitled to this allowance.

The 800 euro purchasing power support for the lowest incomes is one of the measures that have already been taken to ease the pain of the ever-rising prices. Furthermore, the cabinet pulled out of pocket to lower the tax on energy bills, and excise duties were lowered to push prices at the pump.

Source: RTL Nieuws by

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