The VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie agreed on additional investments in the housing market, teacher salaries and security. The plans also allocated funds to compensate for citizens rising energy bills. The proposals adjust the 2022 budget for almost EUR 2 billion.
The four parties have a majority in the House of Representatives. The parties hope for as much support as possible from opposition parties who have advocated for extra money, such as SP, PvdA and GroenLinks for the landlord tax and teacher salaries and the SGP for defence. But its not yet clear if they think its enough.
VVD group chairman Hermans submitted a motion tonight that includes the plans for the extra billions. “But its not a VVD motion,” Hermans said. “We listened to all the wishes of the Chamber.” She said that the four “former coalition partners” discussed this.
The opposition parties themselves also come up with proposals that cost money, such as abolishing the loan system. In the course of the evening or night, all motions will be voted.
Lower rents and utility bills
For the partial abolition of the landlord tax, 500 million euros are allocated. The idea is that housing corporations will invest this money in lower rents, maintenance and new homes.
The same amount goes to the wages of primary school teachers and school leaders. They are lagging behind secondary school salaries.
To mitigate citizens energy costs, 500 million euros are also earmarked. This is likely to be regulated through energy tax reductions.
In the area of security, there will be an additional 300 million euros to defence and 200 million euros to police and boas.
Half of the two billion euros come from the BIK reservation, an investment discount for companies that has been deleted before.
Over 1 billion
The demissionary cabinet had been made clear earlier this week that there is space for about 1 billion euros to put up the budget. Several opposition parties indicated that they were far too little in the debate yesterday. The agreement that is now in place is so much more money involved.
Earlier today, the government announced that it was structurally allocated EUR 675 million to increase salaries in healthcare. That was a wish of the House, but the leftist parties were upset about the financing of that measure, which is partly due to the increase in the health premium.