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Social policies quite good

15 February 2006 – The social policies of Amsterdam are quite good. Especially, spending on anti-poverty policies is higher than in most other municipalities. This is one of the conclusions of a study among 199 municipalities, published today by the Netherlands Trade Union Confederation FNV.

Spending over 750 euro per low income household, Amsterdam is among the municipalities with the highest expenditure on anti-poverty policies. The city spent less on labour market policies than the amount provided for this purpose by the national government. The same applies in many other municipalities.

Amsterdam has an intermediate position regarding the share of people who leave social assistance, but return within a year. In the capital, this applies to 15-25%.

The waiting time for people who apply for social assistance is between four and six weeks. Here as well, the city has an intermediate position. Amsterdam is ahead of others regarding the introduction of new methods to ensure that income support actually reaches those for whom it is meant.

The FNV study expresses concern about a number of developments. Since the introduction of the new Work and Social Assistance Act in 2004, the number of formal complaints has risen, and those complaints were found to be justified more often. Further, municipalities do not invest as much as they should in helping the unemployed find a job.

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