The Cabinet allocates EUR 200 million to help young people and vulnerable groups through the coronacrisis. That said Secretary Paul Blokhuis (Welfare) Friday after the Council of Ministers. “We also have a welfare crisis. (…) We have to do something about that.”
The money is intended to provide young people with short-term prospects and help lonely elderly people. There is also money to help people get rid of their “coronakilos”, for those in mental distress and for help to the homeless, said the reigning man.
40 million is going to help young people. “The need is great,” says Blokhuis. At the end of last year, a welfare package for young people was launched on a limited scale. “We want to make that wider in the Netherlands possible.” Expansion of sports opportunities is not included.
This involves, for example, promoting digital encounters for young people, such as in virtual escaperooms and discussion platforms. But there are also physical meetings in community centres and libraries, as well as one-on-one walks in the open air.
The main wish of young people is for schools to reopen. Nothing has been decided on. It is also “our deep desire” to reopen it as soon as possible, said Blokhuis. Previously, Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated that the opening of secondary education will be the first to happen as soon as facilitations are possible.
The Cabinet allocates EUR 100 million for aid to vulnerable groups. “We want to make it possible for people who work together to get more house calls and guidance, for example. We are talking to municipalities about that. For this, a whole package needs to be made.”
To improve peoples lifestyles, 60 million has been set aside. With this, people must be made aware of their way of life. Furthermore, it becomes possible to get tips at lifestyle coaches. Digital platforms are also being created for this purpose, according to Blokhuis.