Social Domain

The Decentralisation team at Pels Rijcken can provide the answers to all your questions related to decentralisation.

After an intensive initial phase, the Social Support Act 2015, the Youth Act and the Participation Act came into force on 1 January 2015.

Municipalities worked very hard to be 'up and running' by 1 January 2015. We see that in keeping with the adage 'one family, one plan, one manager', many municipalities have chosen to work together in community teams. We have seen many different manifestations of this ranging from functional relationships (formalised in cooperation agreements) to legal entities. Only time will prove which legal structure works best. We will continue to monitor this and incorporate the experiences in our legal documents.

Now that the structure is in place, work can proceed. Sometimes things go well and sometimes things go less well. The public need to know exactly where to go when things are not going well. This requires good communication and proper handling of complaints and objections. We are currently running a lot of courses for lawyers and members of complaints advisory committees on the subject of who can raise objections, what objections can be raised and how expertise can be guaranteed in a process where medical components often have a prominent place. This requires the expertise to be guaranteed in the legal protection process. In addition, we come together with municipalities to think about the integration of procedures for lodging complaints and objections (one point of contact and/or one procedure) and about an informal way of handling complaints and objections.

In the meantime, we are developing a (legal) vision on the topic 'From Transition to Transformation'. A lot is possible in legal terms. We provide an overview of the legal boundaries which are firmly fixed (those flowing for example from privacy legislation and procurement law) in our Juridische Totaalscan 2.0. This will be available soon.

Finally, we provide legal assistance in judicial proceedings about issues such as the deployment of domestic help.

Do you have questions related to decentralisation? Please feel free to contact Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage without obligation.


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Social Domain

  • Sandra van Heukelom-VerhageAttorney-at-law, partner
  • Esther SchaakeAttorney-at-law