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CDA blocks ‘Aboutaleb charity’

16 December 2008 – The welfare agency has postponed payment of a 50 euro bonus to low-income households awaiting a vote on a motion proposed by Maurice Limmen (CDA), Mug Magazine reports. Instead of a bonus, Limmen wants households to receive an ‘energy saving kit’.

Limmen (photo) says such a kit – containing items such as low-energy light bulbs and and low-flow shower heads – provides a structural solution for poor households, contrary to the one-off bonus.

According to Mug, there is little support for the CDA motion among council members, even though GroenLinks is critical of the bonus as well. The motion will be put to a vote this week. If it is rejected, the welfare agency will be able to pay the bonus before Christmas, a high-ranking official told Mug.

Last month, State Secretary Ahmed Aboutaleb (PvdA) caused a controversy by calling on local party branches to claim the 50 euro bonus as a PvdA success. Limmen refers to the bonus as ‘Aboutaleb’s charity’.

Photo: CDA Amsterdam

UPDATE 20 December - As expected, the CDA motion has been defeated.

 

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