10/10/2014- Jo Bothmer opened the EMIN conference on Minimum Income by pointing out that the Netherlands are in a position that there is a minimum income (Law on Social Assistance) since 1965. In principal even earlier since the Old Age Pension Act was introduced in 1956. But as we see in other countries our minimum income schemes are under attack. Today we are looking from different target groups why this minimum income is that important.
The key-note speaker Esther Langen showed very clear how poverty as well as the number of working poor is increasing and that the next changes in social security starting at the 1st of January 2015 will be the next step in decreasing social assistance. Continue reading