Thanks to the lingering formation and the fact that there has been a demissionary cabinet for eight months, it would be a rather policy poor Prince Day. Many big choices are indeed left to a next cabinet, but not all of them.
Below is an overview of the prospects, plans and plans of the Million Note, all in all the spending amounts to about €350 billion.
As far as the economy is concerned, the near future looks very good, the message was in the Million Note. For example, the post-corona crisis economic recovery continues even stronger than expected: 3.5% growth next year and 3.9 this year.
Furthermore, purchasing power remains roughly the same on average and unemployment is rising a bit: up to 3.5 percent next year.
Learn more about the economic outlook here:
As I said, not all policies are pushed into the long run way. In order to reduce CO2 emissions, as imposed by the Urgenda verdict, the cabinet earmarked €6.8 billion. The money is for renewable energy subsidies for companies (e.g. solar and wind farms).
Ordinary people are also financially tempted to become more sustainable. For example, measures are being taken for electric cars, heat pumps and residential home insulation.
Furthermore, the natural gas tax increases a little by 1 January, by two cents per kuub. The energy load for power drops just a little bit. Since the Climate Agreement was concluded in 2019, gas energy taxes have risen by nearly 13 cents in total.
The cabinet is not just looking at climate plans in the Netherlands, for “climate action in developing countries” the cabinet has 1.3 billion euros in mind.
It had already leaked, but the cabinet is investing 100 million a year to build 900,000 homes over the next 10 years. This means a total of one billion euros.
50 million is available to accommodate vulnerable people. This year, dozens of municipalities will receive a financial contribution to the (flexible) housing of homeless people, migrant workers and other “emergency seekers”.
About a quarter of budget spending goes to healthcare: 93 billion. More than 2 billion of them will be required for corona control next year. Think of vaccinations, test streets and source and contact research.
Another pandemic has also been considered: 22 million has been allocated for “pandemic preparedness” and a special “pandemic center” will be set up. A further EUR 5 million will be allocated annually for the National Care Reserve, with healthcare workers who can be used in the event of a crisis.
The entire budget for 2022:
Child care surcharges affair
The Cabinet reserves more money for victim compensation and other costs for handling the surcharge affair. The documents show that Finance now amounts to a total cost of EUR 5 billion for the entire operation. The increase is due, among other things, to the fact that more people than expected have reported themselves as duped.
With Prinsjesdag, it is always clear whether and how much the care premium is rising. The cabinet charges 2.75 euros per month for next year (how high the premium will be depends on the insurer). Incidentally, the care allowance increases and the deductible remains 385 euros, because the House of Representatives asked for it.
On average, we will spend 100 euros per person more in health care costs through premiums and taxes next year.
Youth Care and Suicide Prevention
EUR 1.3 billion will be available for youth care. With that money, the youth care system needs to be reformed. Furthermore, the Cabinet wants to stimulate healthcare traineeships, with EUR 63.5 million. And 5.5 million has been allocated to the 113 Suicide Prevention Foundation.
Law and Crime
Leaked before: more than 400 million structural additional structural efforts to combat undermining crime. Money goes to the security of endangered individuals, forensic detection and protection of infrastructure and logistics processes against criminals. In order to accommodate the culprits (once caught), more money goes to prisons and other judicial institutions.
The social legal profession receives financial impetus from the cabinet. Social advocate reimbursement goes up. Or in the words of the cabinet: “Will be aligned with the average time spent on a case.”
Demissionary Minister Hoekstra of Finance offered the Million Note in the House of Representatives this afternoon:
The cabinet wants more attention to combating turmoil and fake news on social media. There is increasingly turmoil that starts online or is sparked there. Thats why the cabinet wants to see if the way mayors and the police can act.suffice.
The cabinet will investigate where the turmoil comes from and wants to engage with “hurt and critical audiences”.
Practice ammunition and more
There is a structural additional 95 million to Defence. That money goes mainly to ammunition to practice with, care for veterans and strengthening the military intelligence agency MIVD.
In total, Defence has 12.5 billion euros per year to spend, or 1.47 per cent of the budget. Thats not enough to comply with the NATO 2 percent standard.
At the beginning of this year, it was announced that the National Education Programme provides one-time 8.5 billion to eliminate corona delays in education. Its not just about study disadvantages, but also socio-emotional disadvantages.
Primary, secondary and special education will receive a total of 5.8 billion in the next 2.5 years. About 2.7 billion is destined for MBO, HBO and WO.
Working from home
To facilitate working from home even after the corona crisis, there will be an unburdened work home fee. For 2 euros per business day, the employer can pay toilet paper, coffee and employee heating costs.
The budget earmarked more than 10 million euros for the entire Royal House. Salary and expenses for King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Princess Beatrix and Princess Amalia are the biggest cost items. The foursome will add up about a ton more than last year.
The budget also stands out that there will be less flying on the government aircraft, a savings of EUR 24,000. On the other hand, there is more budget for members of the Royal House to travel on normal flights, more than 40,000 euros more than last year.