During a press conference on Friday November 9th 2012 the Kingdom Representative Wilbert Stolte has presented the results of the follow –up assessment of the perception study Caribbean Netherlands. The results show that satisfaction among residents of the Caribbean Netherlands about education, health care, security and the Police Force has robustly increased compared with one year ago. Purchasing power is still a point of concern.
About the quality of the medical care 61% is satisfied (was in 2011: 36%). 48% feels more secure since (was 31%). About the services of the tax department, 67% is satisfied (was 39%). 56% is satisfied about education (was 48%).
This greater satisfaction translates for a part in the report mark. There where the National Government received a 5.4 last year, a 6.1 is now scored. This, due to the robust increase in satisfaction regarding the services, modest increase can result in the concerns with respect to the purchasing power, according to the report. A percentage of 67% of the population of the Caribbean Netherlands argue that they have fallen behind in purchasing power since 10-10-10. In 2010 this was, for that matter, 81%. In respect to the income development in 2011 the majority (57%) were still positive. Now, 38% foresees an improvement in income. The report indicates that these concerns about the purchasing power possibly also resound in the confidence in the future of the islands. In 2011 58% was still positive about this, in 2012 this percentage dropped to 41% percent. This is in line with the development of the consumer confidence in the European Netherlands.
The Kingdom Representative, during the press conference, went into the measures which were recently taken by the government in order to bring financial relief. He mentioned among others more fiscal measures and measures in the area of social benefits as these were agreed upon recently during the CN week. Also, he mentioned the possibility which the public entities have in the area of price policy.
The Kingdom Representative made an appeal to shopkeepers, the population and the media to ensure that the government now brings the agreed upon measures into practice. He expressed the hope that the shopkeepers will take their responsibility to actually lower the prices.
On assignment of the Kingdom Representative research bureau Curconsult has for the second time carried out the perception study among 650 residents of the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands. The study answered the question: “How do citizens of the Caribbean Netherlands experience the changes due to the amended constitutional changes within the Kingdom and how has the service of the National Government agencies developed?”
The complete report is available HERE
Source: Press release RCN, November 9, 2012