Welfare fraud scandal leads to resignation of Dutch government

by Jenny Mount · Jan 15th, 2021 4:16 pm

Last Updated Jan 18th, 2021 at 11:09 am

A scandal where thousands of families were wrongly accused of child welfare fraud has led to the resignation of the Dutch government.

According to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, responsibility for the scandal "ultimately rests with the incumbent Cabinet and nowhere else."

Rutte announced the resignation of the Cabinet on Friday.

Approximately 10,000 families in the Netherlands were told to repay tens of thousands of euros of subsidies after being wrongly accused of child welfare fraud.

"On all levels throughout the political-administrative-legal system, mistakes have been made that have resulted in great injustice to thousands of parents," said Rutte.

Financial compensation for the affected parents is "the first thing that needs to be properly arranged," according to Rutte.

"We will continue to work on quick compensation and the improvements needed for the future," he said.

Until elections take place in mid-March for a new government, the current administration will remain. If Rutte's party wins that election, he will be able to form a new administration.


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