WRR-publication: Housing, Care and Pensions

On 8 January 2013 the WRR presented the publication Wonen, zorg en pensioenen. Hervormen en verbinden (Housing, Care and pensions. Reform and linking).

The first copy was presented on 8 January 2013 to the State Secretary for Public Health, Welfare and Sport, Mr. M. van Rijn, during the New Year meeting of the Centre for Governance of the Private Public-Sector Enterprise (CBMO) at TiasNimbas Business School, Tilburg University. The book was also presented to Stef Blok, Minister for Housing and Civil Service.

Radical reforms

In the publication Wonen, zorg en pensioenen. Hervormen en verbinden, the authors share the view that further radical reforms will be needed in the years ahead to ensure that housing, care and pensions not only remain affordable but also accessible and of adequate quality. The solidarity within and between population groups that underlies these systems is under pressure and will need to be recast in a different form in the coming decades. However, the opinions and recommendations of the authors diverge on the underlying objectives, direction and pace of the necessary reforms.

Linking Housing, care and pensions

The publication shows that experiments are already under way in practice with forms of innovative and multidisciplinary service provision. At the same time, there are all manner of questions still to be resolved: how do the developments and innovations on the financial markets and the property market impact the care and housing sectors? How do people respond to new incentives and choices and what does this mean for the chances of success of the proposed measures? What can the Netherlands learn from experiences with reforms in other countries? In bringing out this publication, the WRR is seeking to make a contribution to the knowledge and public debate about reforming and bringing together housing, care and pensions.

Wonen, zorg en pensioenen. Hervormen en verbinden was prepared under the leadership of Dr. Wendy Asbeek Brusse and Professor Cor van Montfort in collaboration with the Knowledge & Investigations department of the Directorate-General for Housing and Construction at the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.