Dutch authorities resigns after childcare advantages scandal

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives on his bike earlier than the Council of Ministers on the Binnenhof in The Hague.

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LONDON — The entire Dutch authorities collectively resigned on Friday after a scandal involving the mismanagement of childcare funds, which drove 1000’s of households into monetary hardship.

An investigation revealed in December that tax officers wrongly accused 1000’s of working households of fraud and ordered them to repay childcare advantages between 2013 and 2019. The occasion has been described as an “unprecedented injustice” by some Dutch lawmakers.

The revelation led to the resignation on Thursday of opposition chief Lodewijk Asscher who was the minister in command of social affairs within the earlier administration.

The federal government led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, in energy since 2017, selected Friday to simply accept duty and collectively go away workplace on the again of the scandal.

Rutte, talking at a press convention, mentioned it might proceed to guide the Covid-19 emergency response with a caretaker standing.

Covid response

The Netherlands was already as a result of have a brand new parliamentary election in March, however the authorities’s resignation comes at a tough time. The nation is in nationwide lockdown and has had nearly 1 million Covid-19 infections and 12,875 deaths for the reason that begin of the well being emergency, in line with Johns Hopkins College. The Netherlands additionally wants to organize a plan on the way it will revamp the economic system post-pandemic.

Rutte had beforehand mentioned {that a} authorities resignation wouldn’t be useful at the moment because the nation wants stability to cope with the pandemic, Politico reported. Nevertheless, this isn’t the primary time {that a} Dutch administration has resigned collectively to indicate a standard duty.

The households that have been concerned on this case have filed prices towards 5 politicians this week, together with the present finance minister, Wopke Hoekstra.

Given the proximity of the overall election, ministers might find yourself staying of their roles till voters head to the polls.