Single people are increasingly calling out that they are financially discriminated against.

They pay more taxes and have a higher cost of living.

Are they actually worse off?

"Being single is not always a choice," says journalist and single Lieneke Koornstra.

"I'm a widow. But also people who break up: you don't serve love by staying together when you're in a bad relationship. Being alone has its advantages, but you are also really alone. I like the fact that We are financially disadvantaged one step further."

“In many municipalities you pay just as much for collecting garbage on your own as a family with five children.”

Lieneke Koornstra

Koornstra started the Facebook group Hart voor Singles last December to see how they can improve their position.

She sees that the life of a single is more expensive in almost every area: "In terms of surcharges for rent and care, but also for hotel bookings. In many municipalities you pay just as much for collecting garbage on your own as a family with five children. , while as a single person you throw away much less."

Getting a mortgage on your own is certainly not for everyone, but it is also made difficult for singles on the social housing market.

Koornstra: "You have to be satisfied with two rooms, but you also sometimes have a guest with whom you do not want to share your bed immediately. Offers from, for example, NS or ANWB are always aimed at families. And we are completely caught in terms of taxes."

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'It just depends on who singles compare themselves to'

Why do singles pay more tax?

Koen Caminada, professor of Empirical Analysis of Social and Tax Regulations at the University of Leiden, explains: "In the past, the man earned the family income and the woman did the unpaid care tasks at home."

Such a family unit therefore had only one breadwinner and the tax was adjusted accordingly.

Because there were more and more two-income couples, it was decided that things had to be done differently.

"Since 2001, a conscious decision has been made in the tax law to encourage economic independence by treating two-income couples more financially. However, this does mean that singles pay more if they compare themselves with two-income couples instead of a family with only one. breadwinner, so it just depends on who they compare themselves with," says Caminada.

'Singles have less to spend'

Meanwhile, the number of singles is steadily growing.

According to Jan Latten, professor of social demography at the University of Amsterdam, nearly 45 percent of Dutch households will be single by 2050.

But Latten cannot confirm whether they are more expensive than multi-person households: "As a single person, you are not more expensive: you have less to spend."

"And a washing machine, a house: a product simply has an economic value, because it has to be made. And whether you use a toilet alone or with three people: the construction of the sewerage and maintenance costs the same," says slats.

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'In the past you couldn't live alone at all'

According to the professor, a relationship is more than just romance and also has economic benefits, especially in our two-income society.

"Together you are financially stronger," says Latten.

"That's how our society has always been set up. Take farming families where everyone stayed at home to keep the business going."

"You couldn't live solo at all in the past," Latten continues.

"If you got a divorce or your partner died, you went back to your parents, moved in with your children or you had to settle for a landlady. Now you can live alone, but that freedom has a price."

“You see a trend that single people move into a building together, because then they can afford more.”

Jan Latten, University of Amsterdam

Latten sees a solution to the financial dissatisfaction of loners in parts.

"Love is grouping. You see a trend that single people move into a building together because they can afford more. Not everyone needs their own bicycle shed, right? Such a sharing culture used to be necessary and is now an emerging alternative if you want it to be more spacious ."

And does Koornstra have a solution for her and other singles?

"Pay the same per head and more heart for singles, especially in December."