Wednesday coalition agreement, we already know: the loan system disappears, De Jonge does not go through on public health | Politics

videoThe student loan system will be thrown in the bin, road pricing will be introduced after decades of haggling, and childcare will be significantly cheaper and even free for people on a low income. Hugo de Jonge will not return as Minister of Health.


Niels Klaassen


Latest update:
10-12-21, 22:45

Sources around the negotiations report this to this news site. The coalition is aiming for an agreement next week. The schedule is now for the groups VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie to consider the agreement on Tuesday. Wednesday is the presentation, with debate in the House of Representatives Thursday or Friday.

The coalition of VVD, D66, CDA and CU wants to introduce a new form of student support from 2024/2025, the controversial loan system will then be scrapped, various sources confirm. According to those involved, it is not possible to say goodbye to the loan policy before the academic year 2024/2025.

CDA, CU and later also D66 turned against the system, which resulted in many high-debt students starting their careers. However, there would still be a discussion about the precise compensation scheme for students that has been subject to the current scheme in recent years. “If you have to compensate for it for everyone and all the years, it will be very expensive,” says a well-informed source. “So this is one last round of negotiations.”

De Jonge is not back on public health: ‘Care goes to another party’
Hugo de Jonge will not return as CDA Minister of Health. De Jonge himself stated that he was ‘willing and available’ to continue with the care portfolio, but the Ministry of Health will not receive CDA ministers, says a source: “There will be no CDA minister, it has been clear for some time . “For example, it may just be the last corona press conference for De Jonge next Tuesday.

Childcare

The parties also agree on the abolition of the complicated care allowance. Instead, there will be another funding, and childcare will be free for lower incomes. They now pay a small personal contribution. Childcare will also be ‘many times cheaper for middle and upper middle incomes’, says an insider. It happens in stages, if the day care becomes practically free at once, day care institutions cannot cope with the influx. “It will take a few years before the systems are adapted. And you have to keep an eye on the suction effect. ”

road prices

The coalition also wants to introduce road pricing for petrol cars and electric cars (whose owners currently do not pay road tax). Those who drive more pay more. This plan has been announced, buried and revived for decades, but now it really needs to be brought to life. The legislation for this must be finalized in the coming government period, so that the regulation can actually enter into force in the period thereafter. For a long time, VVD in particular was strongly opposed to paying per kilometer, but the Liberals already opened the door to it in the election program.

Elementary school teachers more pay

Teachers in primary school will earn as much as their peers in secondary education. The coalition will close the current ‘pay gap’.

Negotiations were not concluded late last night, negotiators said around 10 p.m. CDA leader Wopke Hoekstra said after hours of consultations that consultations will be held again after this weekend. “We will continue for a while,” said D66 leader Sigrid Kaag as she left. Gert-Jan Segers (ChristenUnie) said that the parties will continue talking on Monday morning. “We are nearing the end.” According to informant Wouter Koolmees, the consultation is going well, but ‘we are not ready yet’.



Minister Hugo de Jonge for Public Health (CDA).
Minister Hugo de Jonge for Public Health (CDA). © ANP

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