As every year, pictures about purchasing power are sketched on Budget Day.
The starting point is that people's personal situation does not change, which of course often does.
And that applies even more than usual in this corona crisis.
"That means that in this period we will have to look at the purchasing power pictures with even more nuance," warns Minister Wouter Koolmees of Social Affairs and Employment.
Leaving the nuance aside, the picture for this year turns out to be better than expected, but the outlook for the coming year has become a lot darker.
For this year, the cabinet assumes that households will gain an average of 2.2 percent.
"That is more positive than was predicted last year with Prinsjesdag", says Koolmees.
The windfall is mainly due to lower health and pension premiums.
The picture was also positively influenced by higher wages and lower taxes.
Most of them will probably improve slightly
For the coming year, the cabinet foresees that on average we will improve slightly, 0.9 percent versus the 0.8 percent that the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) is calculating.
The difference is in the amount of healthcare premium that is assumed;
that is slightly higher at the CPB.
In any case, the picture is much less rosy than before the corona crisis.
Wages will rise less than expected at the beginning of this year.
The cabinet now assumes an average of 'only' 1.2 percent, compared to 2.7 percent previously.
And because inflation is 1.5 percent, there is even talk of 'negative real wage growth'.
"Thanks to further tax cuts, most people will probably gain a little bit."
Models assume that people will keep jobs or benefits
The government is taking into account a plus of 1.2 percent for workers, and 0.5 percent for people on benefits and pensioners.
"A blow to these forecasts is appropriate, however, because of the economic uncertainty in the coming months", Koolmees warns once again.
Because the models assume that everyone will keep his or her job or benefits all year round.
In order to make work more attractive, this cabinet has already reduced the tax for workers in recent years.
This will also be the case next year, for example by increasing the employed person's tax credit.
Because the general tax credit will also be reduced and the tax rate in the first bracket will be slightly lower, people on benefits and pensioners will also pay less tax.
The elderly can look forward to a higher elderly person's tax credit.
Finally, parents with more than two children receive a significantly higher child-related budget to combat child poverty.