Dutch municipalities have increased their spending on anti-poverty measures by 20%. However, in more than one in three municipalities, people who apply for social assistance have to wait over four weeks for a decision. Further, many municipalities make social assistance recipients work extended periods without paying them a salary.
This was revealed by the Work and Income Monitor 2008, a comparative study of the social policies of over 215 municipalities carried out by trade union federation FNV. Local FNV volunteer groups collected the data and are now approaching municipalities to argue for improvements of their social policies.
Municipalities that promised to act on the outcomes of the 2006 edition have in general done so.
FNV report (in Dutch). Photo: FNV board member Leo Hartveld presents the report in The Hague