Social Progress Watch 2015 Country Report | the Netherlands

Despite a stable and relatively low unemployment rate, several distinct and vulnerable groups find themselves at the margins of the Dutch labour market. The Dutch government in recent years has set out on developing and implementing a reform agenda where health and social services are decentralised and public expenditure is scaled back. However, these reforms have negatively impacted the equal access to, and uniform quality of, these services, while it is feared that future cost-cutting in the education system will do the same. Moreover, civil society organisations and their volunteers should not be used as a compensatory resource, especially when no additional financial support is forthcoming from the government.