Parents who were wrongly labeled as a fraud in the payment affair have for the first time made their story in the House of Representatives. This was done in a round table, in which MPs were allowed to ask questions to the parents. In recent years, there has been a lot of contact between MPs and victims, but for the first time they were given the floor in an official meeting in parliament.
They sketch a picture of parents who are still in deep trouble and said that much goes wrong in dealing with the damage. Its taking too long, and theyre threatening to be crushed again by the rules.
Many of the victims made it clear that they lost confidence in the government as a result of the affair. They often had to fight for years before they took justice. “It was only after six years that my objection was responded to,” said Jacqueline Massop.
Work is now being done to compensate the tens of thousands of victims, but they think recognition that they are not a fraudster is just as important in the conversation. The affair has had a major impact on the personal lives of those involved. According to them, there are still victims who, out of shame, do not dare to report themselves.
“ We were treated in an unDutch way,” said Marcel Moes, who suddenly had to repay all the surcharges he had received. “You just had to pay, no discussion possible.”
It is also still unclear to many parents why they entered a tax blacklist. Nazmiye Yigit Karaduman is convinced that her Turkish surname and second nationality have participated. They were risk factors that the IRS worked with. “If one of those factors were true to you, it was already bingo.”
Yigit Karaduman has also lost its trust in the government. “Up to this dossier I felt like a proud Dutchman. It was the first time I felt discriminated against in the Netherlands, and that was by the government.” Nor does it trust the way in which the damage is now handled and fears that there is still discrimination on the part of the government.
All victims are entitled to at least 30,000 euros from the so-called Catshuisregeling. People who have more damage can go to a commission that calculates the actual damage. Many parents pointed out that due to the large number of cases a bottleneck has now emerged at that committee, which will take a very long time to deal with it. “And thats where the most complex things come,” Massop said.
But according to the parents, it is still not clear who all have been duped. In recent times, thousands of people have been wrongly rejected again, according to the parents, because it is not immediately possible to prove that they have actually received childcare allowance. “There are the bailiffs at the door again,” Michelle Bruns told the MPs.
The parents still have many questions about how the damage is compensated and compensated. Dupted Joe ten Cate found that many parents are still told that their request has been rejected, while the reason is not clear.
is also due to the fact that many victims have still not received their files despite repeated requests. Sometimes they got pieces, but they were mostly black lacquered.
The handling is done by the personal case handlers of the Executive Authority Recovery Surcharges (UHT), part of the tax administration. Most parents can talk about these case handlers, but they do not have enough powers to make decisions on their own. “This way it becomes a ten-year plan”, sighted Renate Wolbers.