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Free Market mechanism of the Conservative Liberals VVD of Mark Rutte ...
No resilience build-in after years of austerity for the lower class and preference treatment of business, financials and mega corporations. Tax benefits and covert deals with Dutch tax authority.
As wealth grows in Dutch financial hub Amsterdam, Rotterdam port, Utrecht University city, and the high-tech areas of Delft-Eindhoven-Twente.
New group of ’working poor' knocks at the office door of debt counselors due to energy crisis. Dutch debt counselors increasingly face threats from customers who are hard hit by rising energy bills, inflation and cost of living. People who were already in a bind are now getting desperate. "People are looking for help who never did that before," said Marco Florijn, chairman of the Dutch Association for Financial Aid Providers (NVVK).
Dutch cabinet plans to pay poor citizens’ energy debts
The cabinet is finalising a plan to help people who cannot afford to pay their energy bills as prices continue to rise, Dutch media NOS reported.
The plan is to help people who can no longer afford to pay their energy bills and risk having their energy cut off. According to NOS, sources in The Hague say this plan could come into action as early as this year before winter arrives.
In the Netherlands, one million households are currently dealing with financial troubles due to rising energy prices. About 600,000 of these homes had reported never having financial difficulties before. Now, these homes have had to deal with debt counselling to get rid of these debts, which is expensive for the government.
Governing is defined as looking forward, be ready for eventualities, put controls in place to regulate public utilities as basic needs of all citizens ...
It is hard to tell how many people are affected by energy poverty in Europe. According to Eurostat, around 31 million Europeans lived in energy poverty last year -2020- but the EU executive's own research body put the number at 50 million people in 2019.
The problem is that there is currently no EU-wide definition of energy poverty.
EU Social Climate Fund report
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