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Jeroen Dijsselbloem: surplus of  €4.3 billion/(£3,6 billion/$4,5 billion)

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The government has this year 4.3 billion more in taxes and premiums than expected. That anounced Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem today after the cabinet. The budget deficit would fall significantly to 0.4 percent. On the 3rd Tuesday of September the government was still assumed that the general government deficit would increase this year by 1.1 percent and next year at 0.5 percent. The new figures are in the Autumn which was sent to parliament. The economic growth is one of the factors that provides for increased revenue. The public debt fell to 63 percent of gross domestic product. ,,The figures are much better than initially expected,” said Dijsselbloem. ,,It also shows that the economic recovery really is very strong. It’s an intermediate position”, he added. Next month, the Central Planning Bureau ( CPB) with new estimates. of the extra income is roughly two billion coming from corporate taxes, a billion and a billion tax from income tax. “This extra income does not mean that there will be any tax cuts,” said Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The debt must be reduced further to absorb future economic shocks. ,,It’s not that suddenly the silver fleet has entered.”

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The minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development), there is also a eurprise. The arrival of fewer asylum seekers it is less lost to the shelter. Its budget is paid the shelter in the first year. Ploumen hold by lower inflows this year and next year a total of 460 million euros. That money is almost entirely used to eliminate the deficit in her ministry. Well is there are 48 million in emergency aid. That amount is completely intended for an alliance of Dutch aid organizations that assist in humanitarian disasters, the so-called Dutch Relief Alliance. The House passed earlier this month a proposal to which Ploumen was asked to make 60 million available for this alliance.

1Officers, agents and teachers may still face a slightly higher take-home pay next year. The government pulls the purse to partially offset the premium increase to civil servants pension fund ABP. Thereby rest for public servants below the line a wage increase averaging 1 percent. ABP made earlier this week to increase the contribution rate from 18.8 to 21.1 percent. An official who has a monthly income of 3,500 euros gross is thus 11 per month pay. For the government go as employer contributions by the ABP decision up. This increase will be 500 million euros, however, such a big bite out of the jar that the government has available for wage increases, it is now 330 million euros earmarked for the impact of the premium increase partly to nullify, as did Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem Finance just released.

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