Dutch social programme to combat poverty gets EC go-ahead – EURACTIV.com

The Netherlands will receive €413 million from the European Social Fund to help people in vulnerable employment positions and combat poverty until 2027, the Social and Employment Ministry announced following the European Commission’s approval on Thursday.

From the total fund, €270 million will go to municipalities to support, for example, people living on benefits who are looking for jobs as well as give training to people to do other work, Dutch media NL Times reported.

According to the ministry, although there are staff shortages, many people still would like to get back to work.

Poverty Policy, Participation, and Pensions Minister Carola Schouten will put €16 million towards food aid, material support, and combating child poverty.

“Certainly in this time, when an increasing number of people are being squeezed by rising prices, these resources are very welcome. They support our national goals and efforts, such as being able to participate equally in the labour market and in society,” Schouten said.

(Sofia Stuart Leeson | EURACTIV.com)

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