Today the hearings in the House of Representatives about the childcare allowance affair begin. Lawyer Eva González Perez, who has been assisting duped parents since 2014, is the first person to be heard.
The interrogation starts at 9.30 am and can be followed live on NPO Politiek and via NOS.nl and the NOS app.
What was intended to provide financial assistance to parents with young children became a lingering problem for thousands of years. They were incorrectly classified by the Tax Authorities as fraudsters and sometimes had to pay back tens of thousands of euros, with all the financial and social consequences that entailed. The Lower House is investigating how this could happen.
Over the next two weeks, the parliamentary interrogation committee will interrogate (former) ministers, state secretaries and top civil servants under oath.
Ministers Frans Weekers, Lodewijk Asscher and Menno Snel are heard from previous cabinets. Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Minister Eric Wiebes and Minister Tamara van Ark are on the agenda of the current cabinet.
At the last minute, the interrogation of civil servant Sandra Palmen-Schlangen was added. She wrote in a memo in 2017 that parents deserved compensation. The memo only came to light a few weeks ago.
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