The social legislation of the Netherlands is one of the most extensive in the world. The main principle of the system is that all members of society must be able to play an equally active role in society.
- The development of the social policy of the Netherlands
- The principles of the social policy of the Netherlands
The social policy has a history of more than two centuries. The current system is aimed at activating bigger parts of the population than before.
Recent developments in the system include a new system for invalidity benefits, the phasing out of fiscal incentives for early retirement and a new, leaner Unemployment Insurance Act.
Language learning on social assistance benefit
The government is requiring recipients of social assistance benefit to improve their Dutch language skills and thus boost their...
Government and social partners agree social agenda for the 21st century
The Dutch government and social partners have reached agreement on a package of short-term measures to stimulate economic...
Foreign self-employed persons on Dutch Continental Shelf insured under Dutch national social security legislation
As of January 1, 2013, self-employed persons living abroad and working on the Dutch Continental Shelf are insured under Dutch...
2012 Social Affairs and Employment Budget: Balancing the budget
The government’s expenditure is greater than its revenue. That is why we are taking measures to limit expenditure and stop the...