Does the cabinet discuss the childcare allowance affair or not? For a long time it seemed that it would be a matter of time before the Rutte III cabinet would discuss the scandal, but a month after the publication of the devastating investigation report into the matter, no decision has yet been made. On Tuesday evening after the corona press conference, discussions will continue in an additional cabinet meeting.
The cabinet has been discussing a response to this for weeks Unprecedented injustice, the damning report on the childcare allowance affair. It is not clear why a government response is taking so long. According to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, it has to do with the fact that it takes time to arrive at a careful response.
He also sees himself as the right person to help the duped parents “as quickly as possible”. According to current affairs program News hour the prime minister does not like to resign, because it should have been earlier.
Whether the coalition parties CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie think the same about this is not yet clear. On Tuesday, party chairman Pieter Heerma of the CDA put the ball to the cabinet on Tuesday, which would be the next move. CU MP Joël Voordewind said earlier that the credibility of Rutte III is under discussion.
Commission is adamant about failure of the rule of law
A parliamentary committee concluded in the investigation a month ago that the rule of law has failed to protect citizens from the tax authorities’ unlawful fraud hunt. In the fraud approach, the tax authorities were guilty of ethnic profiling by stricter checks on parents with dual nationality.
According to the committee, Prime Minister Rutte and former ministers in the previous cabinet Lodewijk Asscher and Eric Wiebes are jointly responsible for the fraud hunt. Even the judiciary played a role in the injustice done to tens of thousands of innocent parents by staying with the tax authorities for too long.
Various parties in the House have already called on the cabinet to offer the king’s resignation. PVV, SP and GroenLinks, among others, find the scandal so serious that the entire cabinet team should resign.
For the PvdA, the matter is more complicated, because Asscher – one of the protagonists in the scandal – is now the party leader. He apologized for his role, but did not leave.
The SGP has explicitly put the question of confidence on the table.
Duped parents have no confidence in the cabinet
It is crystal clear for some of the duped parents: this cabinet must resign, as they stated in a submitted document. Faithful know. They have no confidence that Rutte’s team will restore the misery she has been in for years.
It was also announced on Tuesday that some of the parents will not wait for politics and have filed a complaint against five (former) ministers, including Tamara van Ark (formerly State Secretary of Social Affairs), Minister Wopke Hoekstra (Finance) and Eric Wiebes. (formerly State Secretary for Finance).
According to the lawyer of the parents, these ministers have been guilty of official crimes.
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