The parents were in a vulnerable situation, and as much as they tried to prove with documents that they had not committed fraud, the tax authorities did not unlock their aid and asked them to return large amounts of money, which led many to live with financial problems, job losses, home losses and divorces.
When the government falls as a whole, Brink adds, all the ministers lose “what is called their missionary status”, so they will be in office, and “cannot propose new policies, something that would have happened anyway in the run-up to the elections, so this is only about perceptions about who is to blame.
Four weeks before the elections, scheduled for March 17, the Cortes dissolves, and the government takes office, so his resignation has only brought that state forward by a month and has allowed Rutte to assume without great practical consequences that “things were done wrong.”
One of the pending issues is the possible persecution of the officials who have left all these families in a vulnerable situation, having stereotyped them as fraudsters of the Tax Agency for having dual nationality, but the Prosecutor’s Office has already tried to investigate what happened and has ruled that public officials cannot be prosecuted if they implement a policy designed by the legislator.
This led a group of parents to file a complaint with the Supreme Court against five ministers and against public officials for the Justice to determine if they have not committed criminal acts, and if they have not exceeded their functions.
To justify his reasons, he also promised to work to renew the entire system of state aid to families – something that he could only do if he leads the future government – and assured that he will commission a government commission to investigate the role played by racism and discrimination in the scandal that led to his resignation.
He also sent a letter to parents affected by institutional discrimination in which he promises to prevent this situation from happening again in the future and in which he promises to treat their cases individually to help them with financial and psychological problems in the future. who have been involved because of what happened.
While seeking solutions to a fundamental problem of the Tax Agency, the acting government of the Netherlands will have to continue working together with the Dutch Parliament to impose, with credibility, restrictions on mobility and social contact to stop the contagion of coronavirus, triggered in the country since late summer.
One of the measures on the table is the imposition of a curfew to avoid youth group meetings and family visits, but one of the coalition parties, the progressive D66, is against this restriction.
The country has been confined since December 14, and until at least February 9, with all non-essential activity closed. Schools hope to return to face-to-face classes on January 25, while the hospitality sector, closed since mid-October, tries to survive thanks to financial aid from the State.
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