More than two in three Dutch people make different choices as a result of inflation and rising energy prices. The heating is lower, offers are mainly scored and above all: there is massively shorter showers.
This is apparent from a survey conducted this month by Citisens among 9,000 Dutch people. More than half of all respondents consider inflation the most important problem in the Netherlands.
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Eight out of ten Dutch people experience the consequences of inflation in their daily lives. They experience this, for example, in stress (42 percent). Two in ten respondents experience serious financial problems due to inflation, for example because they no longer have any reserves for unexpected large purchases and that they no longer have money for sports and outings.
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The survey shows that even Dutch people who are not currently experiencing serious problems due to inflation make different choices in daily life. The main adjustments are taking a shorter shower and buying products on offer. The Dutch also turn on the heating less and take the car less often.
Although many respondents say they experience the consequences of the current gas prices, many do not know how much of their income they spend on gas. ‘However, this does not apply to everyone: residents with a minimum income or social assistance benefit and the elderly in particular experience that they now spend a large part of their income on gas. For some groups this amounts to more than 15 percent of the income,’ according to the researchers at Citisens. ‘However, less than 10 percent of all applicants qualify for the energy surcharge of 1,300 euros. 70 percent of them indicate that this measure certainly does not help them to get by on a monthly basis.’
Three quarters of the Dutch think that the government should do more when it comes to rising gas prices. The Dutch are mainly thinking of setting a maximum price for energy, but also of a further reduction in VAT on energy, focusing on making households more sustainable and lowering wage taxes. Almost half of the Dutch do not mind the fact that these measures cost the government money and thus increase the national debt.
Read the full article in this week’s Domestic Governance No. 20.