Senate also critically on its own role in an allowance affair

The Senate dropped stitches in checking the policy that ultimately led to the allowance affair. This is the conclusion of an investigative committee of Senate Members.

The Senate did check the legislation, but had โ€œinsufficient attention to the points that, in hindsight, mattered mostโ€, says in the self-assessment. According to the report, this concerns, among other things, โ€œconcerns about what is now referred to as โ€œdoing abilityโ€ of parentsโ€ and the problems at the Tax Authorities.

Barely action

Concerns were expressed, but when the end came to a stake, bills were given โ€œthe benefit of the doubtโ€. This led to the emphasis on combating fraud and cuts โ€œand much less on the human aspectโ€.

The Senate received signals that the Tax Authorities went wrong, but there was hardly any action followed, the committee writes. For example, letters from citizens came in about the complexity of the payment system.

Another example that the researchers call was a report by the National Ombudsman that โ€œset the discovery of the allowance affair in motionโ€. That report was not sent to the Senate, but was discussed in the media and the House of Representatives.

Hard report

The Senate is not the first premium to put the hand into its own bosom in the childcare allowance affair. Almost a year ago, the cabinet resigned after a hard report by a parliamentary interrogation committee.

In that report, the House of Representatives did not let itself go free either. The case-law and Council of State also concluded that they made mistakes themselves.

In the affair with childcare allowances, thousands of parents had to unfairly refund money – sometimes tens of thousands of euros – resulting in major financial and social problems.