Dutch Government Resigns over Child Benefits Scandal

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the resignation of their government over the childcare benefit scandal.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the resignation of their government over the childcare benefit scandal.

According to the investigation, ministers, civil servants, parliament, and even judges involved in the scandal. 

The scandal involved the Dutch tax office which had accused thousands of families of fraudulently claiming child welfare payments between 2013 and 2019. 

The tax office demanded repayments of tens of thousands of euros and gave problems for many families. 

Labour party leader Lodewijk Asscher who was social affairs minister at the time of the scandal was the first to resign. 

“‘I did not know that the tax office was wrongfully hunting down thousands of families,” said Asscher.

Rutte said that the scandal was “shameful” and that he had informed King Willem-Alexander of his decision and pledged his government would compensate those affected.

The families that were affected have already file charges against five politicians, including Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra and Economy minister Eric Wiebes, for their role in the scandal.

Rutte said the current cabinet would continue to command the national COVID-19 response team in a caretaker capacity until the elections on March 17.


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