After hours of consultation, the cabinet has not yet taken a decision on Tuesday evening about possible political consequences as a result of the benefits affair. Prime Minister Mark Rutte expects the cabinet to make a decision about the political consequences during the cabinet meeting on Friday.
The cabinet has been discussing the damning report for weeks Unprecedented injustice, about the abuses in the government regarding the childcare allowance.
Rutte said he expects to come up with a response. According to Rutte, the fact that this has been going on for weeks is because the cabinet wants to take the time to address all the issues in the report. According to the prime minister, the cabinet has already largely decided what the concrete proposals will be to prevent such a scandal from happening again.
On Tuesday evening during the extra cabinet meeting, however, the political consequences of the benefits affair were not discussed. That question will come up on Friday.
Parents incorrectly classified as fraudsters
Last month, the parliamentary committee investigating the benefits affair came to the hard-hitting conclusion that thousands of parents have been wronged unprecedentedly. The fundamental principles of the rule of law have been violated, is the damning judgment.
For years, the Tax and Customs Administration has wrongly classified thousands of parents as fraudsters, after which many got into serious financial problems, but which also resulted in relationships breaking down and people being evicted from their homes. In the fraud approach, the tax authorities were guilty of ethnic profiling by stricter checks on parents with dual nationality.
For some of the duped parents, it is crystal clear: this cabinet must resign, as they said in a document submitted on Tuesday. Faithful know. They have no confidence that Rutte’s team will restore the misery she has been in for years.
Various parties in the House have already called on the cabinet to offer the king’s resignation. PVV, SP and GroenLinks, among others, believe that the scandal is so serious that resigning is the only correct signal.
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