The social benefits in the in the BES islands will not be increased on January 1. This is in contrast with an announcement made earlier this year. Nevertheless, the required budget has been reserved. However, State Secretary for Social Affairs, Jetta Klijnsma, has decided that she first will await the outcome of the roundtable consultations organized on the islands.
These consultations should lead to the definition of a minimum standard of living income that can be used as the lower limit for the amount of benefits and the minimum wage. It was the intention of the minister to hold the roundtable consultations this month, but that only worked on Saba. For “planning reasons”, Bonaire and St. Eustatius cannot organise these before January.
When asked by the Antilliaans Dagblad whether the delay may affect the increase in the social benefits, the ministry replied that “a decision to increase the social benefits is associated with the outcome of the round table consultations on the islands.”
Source: Antillean Dagblad, Curacao