SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – MPs will hold a second day of debate on the new government’s plans on Wednesday, following Tuesday’s call for measures to restore spending power levels.
Coalition parties joined forces with the opposition on the first day of the debate in urging the government to make sure people are not left worse off by soaring inflation and to honour its coalition deal pledge to ensure ‘balanced and positive’ spending power developments.
Various reports have indicated spending power is set to fall this year, with the family budget institute Nibud indicating the decline would range between €10 and over €100 a month, depending on individual family circumstances.
Rutte opened Tuesday’s session saying his fourth cabinet wished to work with ‘all positive forces’ inside and outside national politics. This was seen by commentators as a gesture to the opposition, because he will need the support of non-coalition parties in the senate to ensure controversial legislation becomes law.
A compromise on spending power, measures to ensure the state pension stays ahead of inflation and a rethink on savings on youth social services in particular, would all be instruments he could use to win influence, commentators say.
Prime minister Mark Rutte is expected to outline what the cabinet will do about spending power during Wednesday’s debate.