State Secretary will give priority to helping 70 distressing cases of benefits affair

A group of seventy parents with major financial problems due to the child care allowance affair is given priority assistance. They must be compensated as quickly as possible, said State Secretary Van Huffelen in a debate in the Lower House. The Members of Parliament present had many questions about the number mentioned.

“It can’t be true that only seventy people are in serious trouble”, asked PvdA’er Nijboer. “That’s not my observation. I think there are hundreds, maybe thousands.”

Fidelity and RTL reported this morning that there are 400 to 500 ‘distressing cases’ among the affected parents. Van Huffelen said that this estimate has indeed been made, but that only seventy people are really in the picture at the moment. These are people who themselves have indicated that they have serious financial problems. This is now quickly being started.

In front of the House of Representatives building, a group of parents who feel that it takes too long for them to be compensated and indemnified demonstrated today:

The Secretary of State was harshly criticized. All parties present think that it takes too long before the parents who have been harmed get clarity. Of the more than 26,000 parents who were wrongly identified as fraudsters, 108 people have now been helped. There were no distressing cases.

SP’er Leijten finds it “unacceptable” that the so-called recovery operation, which started in July, is so slow to get going. The Member of Parliament, who started the case a year ago, proposed to deploy her. “Give me ten of your best officials, ten case handlers and ten parents and let me handle it my way.”

CDA Member of Parliament Omtzigt, who has always pulled the cart together with Leijten, finds it scandalous that the Secretary of State has no plans yet. He will come within a month, Van Huffelen said. But Omtzigt already wants to know how many parents can count on compensation this year. “Hundreds of millions have been set aside. As a taxpayer you should try that, that you say: I don’t have a plan.”

Complex operation

At Het Plein a group of duped parents had gathered. Because of corona they were not welcome in the public gallery of the Lower House to follow the debate. Some said they had travelled to The Hague for the sixth or seventh time in a year. They think it takes too long before they are compensated.

“I’m still swimming in the world of fraud,” one of them said. “When will I finally get what I’m entitled to?” Another mother pointed out that if the government doesn’t do something about the “poverty trap” in which the parents ended up because of their financial problems, it will only cost the state more money.