Reports: Dutch government resigns over child benefits scandal

The Dutch government has resigned following a scandal involving child benefits, media and news agency ANP reported in The Hague on Friday. The move comes just a few weeks before planned parliamentary elections in March. The government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte was responding to the scandal in which some 20,000 parents had been falsely portrayed as fraudsters over child benefit payments and plunged into great financial hardship. Between 2013 and 2019 – while Rutte was in power – tax authorities reclaimed parents’ child benefits based on accusations of tax fraud that were later revealed to be…

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