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Growing up without poverty

Summary and recommendations of the SER advisory report: Opgroeien zonder armoede, 17 March 2017 (2017/04).

The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) wants children to grow up without poverty. Despite the country’s economic upswing and all efforts thus far, many Dutch children – some 8 to 12 percent of the child population – continue to live in poverty. Strikingly, sixty percent of these children have working parents.

In its advisory report Opgroeien zonder armoede (Growing up without poverty), the SER argues that all children should have access to assistance that compensates for poverty, for example by supporting their participation in sport and cultural activities.

This policy should be supplemented by more structural and systematic measures that tackle the root causes of poverty.

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