Mark Rutte, Government, Resignation, Politics of the Netherlands Dutch government quits over welfare fraud scandal

After a cabinet meeting the Dutch leader cycled to the palace to submit the government’s resignation to King Willem Alexander.. The so called Rutte III government has been in power since 2017 and he could return to form another coalition. After elections. Dutch PM, Mark Rutte cleared up his own mess in 2018 when he spilt coffee in the parliament building. Mark Rutte’s government has stepped down after thousands of families were wrongly accused of child welfare fraud and told to pay money. Back. Families suffered an quotunparalleled wrongquot. Dutch MPs decided with tax officials, politicians, judges and civil servants leaving them powerless.. Many of those affected were from an immigrant background and hundreds were plunged into financial difficulty.. Mr Rutte submitted the cabinet’s resignation to the king.. Quotinnocent people have been criminalised and their lives ruinedquot. He then told reporters adding that responsibility for what had gone wrong lay with the cabinet. quotThe buck stops here.quot. The quotunanimousquot decision taken at a cabinet meeting in The Hague comes at a key moment in the Covid 19 pandemic.. The Netherlands has gone into lockdown, and ministers have been considering stiffer measures to halt the spread of infection.. The government will stay on in a caretaker role to tackle the pandemic until parliamentary elections in March, but Economics Minister, Eric Wiebes, has quit with immediate effect for his role in the scandal. Asked whether the cabinet’s resignation was merely symbolic. Mr Rutte was adamant that it was not.. This is not the first time a Dutch government has resigned en masse in a gesture of collective responsibility.

. In 2002, the cabinet stood down after a report criticised ministers and the military for failing to prevent the massacre of Muslims. At Srebrenica, during the Bosnian war, seven years earlier., The scandal began in 2012 and the number of parents involved could be as high as 26000.. Some openly called for the government to step down saying they had lost faith in the ability of the cabinet to clean up the system.. One mother faced demands to pay tax authorities around 48000 42000.. She tried to explain to the authorities that mistakes had been made, but officials then started withholding not just childcare allowances but other benefits. Too. Her rent went into arrears and energy companies refused to provide a regular supply.. Eventually she lost her job and could not find another. As she was seen as a fraudster., Her relationship with her child broke down. As the pressure took its toll. quotRutte says he thinks it’s terrible, but he’s, not the one who had to pay up …. This shouldn’t happen in the Netherlands. I’Ve been labelled a fraudsterquot another mother, Nazan Aydin told NOS. Mr Rutte’s liberal VVD party is performing well in the opinion polls, so the 17 March election could see another Rutte led administration.. He has already led three governments since 2010., Although he initially opposed the cabinet’s resignation. It was seen as inevitable once the opposition Labour leader Lodewijk Asscher, resigned on Thursday in response to the scandal.. Mr Asscher was social affairs minister.

Under the previous Rutte coalition, government. Mr Rutte heads a four party centre right, liberal coalition, and his party leads the latest opinion polls ahead of far right leader, Geert Wilders.. However, victims of the childcare allowance scandal who had to repay large sums paid out in benefit, have this week filed a formal complaint against several current and former ministers. Compensation to the tune of at least 30000 26000. Each is to be paid out to parents who were wrongly accused, but many have argued. It is not enough. Ahead of the government’s decision to step down. Sigrid Kaag, the leader of the liberal D66 party, said it was quotimportant to be politically accountable and to take responsibility for the content of the report and for the injustice done to the parentsquot. Finance Minister, Alexandra van Huffelen said children caught up in the fraud scandal should Also be looked after so they could quotsoon move onquot. News taken from BBC. Please subscribe to my channel.

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Mark Rutte, Government, Resignation, Politics of the Netherlands Dutch government resigns over child welfare scandal