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Legislative changes in 2007 in Holland

13 January 2007, 11:29

The start of a new year invariably signals legislative change. We list the most important ones, from purchasing power to integration.

The start of a new year invariably signals legislative change. We list the most important ones, from purchasing power to integration. Aaron Gray-Block reports.

As 2006 turned into 2007, several important legislative changes took effect — and for many Dutch residents, the changes mean that the coming 12 months will prove to be a very happy New Year. Most households will profit from improved purchasing power, childcare payments will increase and the situation of elderly people and incapacitated workers will also improve.

The increase in purchasing power will be different for everyone, but will on avedrage rise by 0.75 to 1.5 percent. Parents will not only receive an extra EUR 35 per child in child allowance payments, but they will also profit from an increased government contribution for childcare costs.

Pensioned Dutch residents can expect EUR 48 extra and payments for completly incapacitated workers in the WIA insurance scheme will receive 75 percent of their last wage (up from 70 percent).

We list these and more changes below and provide links to more information (in Dutch).

Social Support Law (Wmo)

On 1 January 2007, the Wmo legislation took effect. Municipalities are now responsible for social support services, such as domestic care, wheelchairs, housing adjustments and meal services.

More information: Wmo dossier and

Integration Law

The Integration Law took effect on 1 January 2007. Both new arrivals and long-term immigrants (who have lived in the Netherlands for some time) will be obligated to undergo an integration exam. The legislation applies to foreigners from non-EU nations and the EEC.

More information:

Employers childcare contribution

From 1 January 2007, parents will receive a higher contribution from the government for the costs of childcare. This government payment will replace the current employers contribution.

More information: Childcare dossier (SZW)

Purchase subsidy first-time home buyers

Everyone will now be eligible for the subsidy paid to first-time home buyers. The maximum amount that you will be able to loan will rise from EUR 105,000 to EUR 170,000. The maximum gross income will become EUR 37,000.

More information: Purchase subsidy (Housing Ministry) and FAQ (Postbus 51)

Other changes

The government will also impose compulsory number plate regulations on scooter riders, in which all scooters and mopeds must have a number plate. New regulations will also come into force for assistance in and around the house. Fishing licences will be amended. This means that everyone who wants to fish, must in future have a licence, a so-called vispas (fishing pass). Only children under the age of 14 may fish with one rod without a licence. They must be accompanied by an adult, however.

New taxi regulations have also come into effect. Taxi drivers may no longer charge customers for the duration of a trip. Passengers will only pay to get into a tax and for the driven kilometres. These new tariffs were to take effect on 1 January 2007, but will only be compulsory from 1 July 2007.

Personal overview at Postbus 51

At the website you can find out which legislative changes will have a direct impact on your situation.

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