Develop a policy that is more in line with people’s problems and their causes from the citizen’s point of view. The Office of Social Cultural Planning (SCP) makes this appeal in “Reflection on the Coalition Agreement.” In this report, the Supreme Council for Planning takes a closer look at the plans of the new government and makes proposals to reduce the gap between certain groups of citizens and politicians.
For example, the planning office points out that many people have to deal with the backlog of problems. For example, they have debts and have difficulty finding a home. According to Kim Potters, director of the Center for Strategic Planning, the government should better anticipate this. “Government sets policy on the basis of one of these components. This comes together in the daily reality of the people.”
Speculators say in news hour He sees promising proposals in the coalition agreement in healthcare, the housing market and sustainability. An important tip from the SCP is to look at groups that are less educated or have complex problems.
These groups can be helped by looking at the social aspect of long-term matters such as healthcare, the housing market, and sustainability. Speculators believed. “In the housing market, you don’t just look at the bricks, but also who’s going to live in the new neighborhoods and whether they can afford it.”
Another example is the heat pump. According to Putters, the cabinet should realize, for example, that making a home more sustainable via a heat pump is not a priority for people who can’t afford it. According to the SCP, these people must be “liberated” from the burden in order to achieve a successful energy transition. Putters says the social aspect of sustainability is missing.
The Standing Committee on the Law of Patents calls policy intentions around self-reliance “unrealistic or incomplete”. Putters explains, “We’ve seen this for years. People in the most vulnerable situations can’t sort everything out themselves when it comes to questions of care, for example.”
So he has a tip: “Think about people’s problems and then make policy, rather than saying: We have this bag of money for it. These issues are also too big for government to do it alone.”
Butters makes an appeal to the Cabinet: “Now put policy in line with people’s problems. Then avoid sarcasm.”
This irony also stems from Research conducted by I&O Research on behalf of NOS. Two thirds of the Dutch do not trust this new government.
That’s amazing, says Butters. When the Council of Ministers takes office, the Higher Planning Council often sees that confidence is already increasing. He has an explanation for the reversal of this trend. It abbreviates “Corona Crisis, Addressing the Badal Issue”. “There is a demand from society for a policy that solves problems, and they have to show that.”
In addition to better aligning policies, the Office of Social and Cultural Planning also advocates for better shaping of citizen participation. For example, the Communist Party of Pakistan calls for a corrective referendum. According to the Planning Office, this is “the desired emergency brake in the absence of support for a parliamentary decision.”
In a corrective referendum, laws already passed by Parliament can still be rejected by citizens. According to the Palestinian Legislative Council, such a referendum is a better tool than the “citizen participation during implementation” that the government wants. In this form of citizen participation, people can exert influence through, for example, citizen forums, digital participation, and citizen initiatives. According to the SCP, people often speak themselves and a large part of the community remains unheard.
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