According to research done; While one out of every 8 elderly people has difficulty making a living, almost 25 percent of the elderly have to limit their spending.
A study conducted by KBO-PCOB, the largest elderly people ‘s organization with 200 thousand members in the Netherlands , revealed that the number of people living in financial difficulties has increased rapidly in this group, especially due to increasing inflation.
KBO-PCOB director Ingrid Rep said that they were also surprised by the results of the research. “Almost a quarter of the elderly suffer from financial difficulties and it is not just the AOW seniors or the elderly with a small supplementary pension.” used expression.
Stating that the elderly who do not have any savings have more difficulties, Rep said, “This is a group of about 500 thousand people. More than half of them have to make cuts in their daily shopping. Some are already skipping a hot meal or avoiding the upkeep. For example, an unexpected additional cost of 400 euros to replace the washing machine immediately puts them in financial trouble,” he said.
Unrest is on the rise
High inflation is causing a lot of unrest among the elderly. The fact that price increases continue for a long time and the elderly are forced to adjust their spending already triggers fear. Expressing that this is inevitable, the director of KBO-PCOB said that more and more elderly people need money.
Rep; Noting that there was no indexation in pensions despite the increase in inflation, and that the purchasing power of this group has decreased gradually in recent years, he also noted that increasing energy bills and market prices have begun to be effective.
Rep stated that the research made it clear that there is an increasing number of hidden poverty among the elderly, adding, “Everyday life is getting more unpleasant. The elderly are ashamed of poverty. She is afraid to betray her children. Life takes on such a cruel character,” he said.
On the other hand, stating that hidden poverty increases the stress on the elderly, Rep noted that this situation negatively affects the health of the people.
Ingrid Rep added that many people in this group do not have any additional job opportunities, so they tend to cut more from spending.
to the government Ingrid Rep, who also addressed the government to increase the purchasing power of the elderly, said, “The purchasing power of the elderly must be restored. This is possible for everyone with reduced burdens and targeted measures. The government can do something about inflation, for example, by working on the VAT deduction for fruits and vegetables. This makes a difference in the daily price of groceries. The price of gas in the Netherlands is at the top of Europe. Something can be done about it.” said.
Population growth due to immigration in the Netherlands is alarming
Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge told Nederlands Dagblad that the current increase in the Dutch population is unsustainable; He said that this increase will increase the pressure on the housing and have the potential to disturb the social peace.
Emphasizing that the population growth of around 100,000 per year, which is largely “immigration”, should be significantly reduced, De Jonge said, “Migration will always happen and there is a need for it to some extent, but it is also a fact that the current migration-induced population growth has reached unsustainable levels.” said.
According to figures from the national statistical agency CBS, the population of the Netherlands has increased by one million over the past 10 years to 17.7 million.
A total of 208,000 foreign nationals moved to the Netherlands last year, after a year when the immigration rate fell sharply due to pandemic restrictions. The largest group, 117,500 people, came from other EU countries or EFTA, while the number of Dutch citizens returning from abroad was 44,500.
The current coalition government, made up of the right-wing VVD and CDA, Liberal Democrats D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie, has begun to work harder to set immigration targets and fundamentally overhaul its asylum policy. De Jonge, in particular, underlined that they have to be more controlled and selective in determining which sectors have a shortage of workers.
The number of electric cars in the Netherlands has tripled since 2020
Automotive industry groups report that the number of electric cars registered in the Netherlands has nearly tripled in two and a half years.
It was shared that there are more than 300,000 electric passenger cars registered across the country. This figure was below 108,000 at the beginning of 2020.
About 20 percent of all electric cars on Dutch roads were produced by Tesla, with the Model 3 being the most popular. The second most popular brand was Volkswagen with 12.5 percent of the number of electric cars available on the roads, followed by Kia with just over 9 percent.
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Schiphol will offer security guards a new salary to end the chaos at the airport
Robert Carsouw, chief financial officer of Schiphol Airport, said that after the final salary negotiations, they plan to make a new offer to the security guards within two weeks.
Carsouw stated that there will be no improvement in the chaotic long queues at the airport in a short time. Schiphol will also take action to improve working conditions to make airport security jobs more attractive.
Airport management has started discussions with the ministry and security companies to find out what is needed to attract more security guards. At this point, in addition to salaries, two more criticisms emerged: Carsouw stated that the security guards had difficulties in scheduling working hours, especially due to irregular shifts, and that they needed a place to rest during breaks, and that the airport started working on both issues.
The FNV labor union had previously reported that security guards were looking for work elsewhere after the temporary summer bonus disappeared in September. Joost van Doesburg, FNV’s Schiphol campaign manager, said many security guards wanted to leave the airport because of this.
Schiphol Airport last week called on airlines to cancel their flights to contain the crowds in the departure lounges. Following the recent cancellations, Schiphol offered the airlines 350 euros in compensation per canceled passenger.
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