The 0.8% increase in purchasing power announced is totally unrealistic, most participants argue. This is offset by the increase in municipal taxes, health care premiums and job losses
Although the trade unions and employers reacted reasonably positively to the announcements for investments and purchasing power improvements in the speech from the throne, the participants are less optimistic. The dominant tone is a rose-coloured budget and the usual fable that will soon come to nothing. The fact that the Cabinet chooses to run up the budget deficit instead of making cuts is called bold by some, because cuts were always made immediately when there was a crisis This choice has the support of the majority. On the positive side, the choice has been made to increase debt in order to keep jobs
Yet there is little confidence that this money will go to the right place. I fear that all these investments will end up back in the hands of the big companies. The job engine in the Netherlands is SMEs. Unfortunately, they will hardly benefit from the cabinets investments We are once again investing in large companies and the population is allowed to go to the food bank, adds someone.
The average Dutchman will indeed benefit little from all the investments, respondents predict. A purchasing power surplus is predicted again, but no account is taken of the municipal and provincial authorities that will come up with substantial tax increases Another agrees: The 0.8% increase in purchasing power is a drop in the ocean as a result of the municipal tax increase And: If the municipalities have a free hand, then those on normal incomes have a good turn.
The middle segment is often forgotten, it is often said. The middle incomes are left to their own devices again, just too little to buy and too much for an affordable rental property For the ordinary citizen, easing the burden is necessary to get through this crisis to some extent, say many participants. There will be no economic growth if citizens have little or no room to spend. The economy will feel that because more people will be forced to hoard savings rather than spend them
More than half already feel the crisis in their wallets. Many people are wondering how to make ends meet in the near future: Look at the groceries, insurance, gas, water light, I dont know how to gather the money to pay for all the increases, someone says.
The 5% wage requirement set by the FNV in sectors where things are going well and for vital professions does not make things any better. The 5% wage requirement for those groups that are doing well only makes the difference between rich and poor even bigger More than half consider this wage demand to be unreasonable. I have a vital job, but I dont want 5% if it costs jobs in the hospitality industry or in business
This attitude of solidarity is, according to some voters, precisely the way to get through this time of crisis. We will all have to go through this crisis. Of course, we are all going to feel this in our pockets!