Because if the prices in the shops rise, retirees also need to get a little more money to be able to keep buying about the same. The caveat: to make this possible, the benefits can also be reduced more quickly.
Support for the Pension Agreement
The current coalition parties VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie support that pension agreement. The Labor Party does that too. GroenLinks is one of the advocates in the House of Representatives, but does not mention the agreement in the election program.
This means that a majority in the development of the pension agreement also appears to be assured after the elections. Voters who do not want to accept this can consider parties such as SP, PVV, Party for the Animals and Forum for Democracy. They reject the agreement.
The Party for the Animals gives the motivation that the agreement is based on the model of economic growth, and thus on quicksand. Because, according to the PvdD, economic growth is harmful to people, animals and the planet.
Forum for Democracy would rather have a completely different pension system. In the first place, the party wants much less supervision from De Nederlandsche Bank on the financial management of pension funds. Participation in pension funds (which must be led by ‘experts’) must be ‘voluntary’, which effectively makes the second pillar of our pension system will be abolished.
SP and PVV especially want the state pension age not to increase with life expectancy, as the agreement prescribes, but to reduce it to 65 years.
Remarkable: the whole word ‘pension agreement’ does not appear in the election program of the elderly party 50PLUS. Under the slogan ‘don’t cut, but deposit’, that party does have an extensive list of requirements for today’s pensioners.
A thirteenth month of AOW and holiday pay for pensioners, for example. And reparations for missing the aforementioned indexation between 2008 and 2020. However, the elderly party makes surprisingly few concrete proposals for the pension of the future.
Party leader Liane den Haan was in a previous life director of the elderly association Anbo and in that role did support the pension agreement. As the 50PLUS party leader, she says she has said yes to the ‘outline agreement’, but now she says no to the elaboration and the details. Or at least, she is ‘critical’ about it.
Then the parties also distinguish themselves on other themes. For example, attention is paid to quitting work earlier and retiring later.