view | Don’t forget the benefits kids scandal

Before the end of the year, the Tax and Customs Enforcement Administration will begin paying a benefit to the children of benefits scandal victims. Many of these children are already (over) 18 years old. These children receive financial compensation just like their parents. With this amount, the government admits that not only parents, but their children themselves are the victims of this case. The amount depends on the age of the children. From ten thousand euros for young people over 18 years old to two thousand euros for the youngest children. But will these children really experience the allowance as a helping hand, as it is intended?

The parents will receive compensation from the government for the damages they suffered as a result of the benefits scandal. In addition, public debts are forgiven. The Tax and Customs Administration cites tax debts and debts with DUO as an example. Private debt is paid by the government. Such as debts with a health insurance company or energy supplier. And parents get a pause button to ensure creditors can’t get their payout. Although sometimes things don’t go so rosy in reality, there is a new beginning for parents, at least on paper.

The additional works

Some of the victims’ (adult) children also got into debt or started working overtime so they could contribute to the household. A home where the Tax and Customs Department made life difficult by charging large refunds. For example, there are young people who have borrowed the maximum amount from a DUO to be able to go shopping or to help pay off debts with the tax authorities. or have things foreclosure. There are parents who drew up the power supply contract in the name of their adult child, because they themselves threatened to close. The examples given by young people are impressive and have led some of them into debt.

But unlike their parents, these young people are not getting a clean slate from the central government. Their debts are neither paid nor forgiven. They will not be given a pause button to keep creditors at bay. So with a bit of misfortune, compensation towards creditors, including the government, will disappear. Crime victims are not compensated for their losses. As adult children, they cannot go to the Actual Damages Commission. Only the parent who has applied for the childcare benefit can do so.

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During the discussion of the bill which, among other things, regulates this allowance for children, this was discussed. Proposals to help those children in debt were not submitted to the Senate. All government parties voted against it. Unfortunately, the lobby of the four largest cities did not help either. So politically speaking, it’s a race run. During the discussion, the Secretary of State noted that the child scheme had been drawn up in consultation with the children and that they had requested tailored solutions, financial information and good debt assistance. Is this the end of it?


The deceived young people we talk to are outraged by inequality. Why are they not helped financially with damages and debts, while their parents are? Didn’t the IRS get them into trouble, too? Parents declared that they could not start over if their children could not do the same.

Anyway, what should come soon is a pause button that keeps creditors at bay. So that the creditors could not confiscate the compensation of the deceived youth for the time being. In Rotterdam there will be such a button for the temporary suspension of municipal debts for them. In The Hague, the municipality’s debts will temporarily not be collected. Amsterdam has a “Schuldenrust”, with which debts of up to five thousand euros can be paid off and municipal debts no longer have priority. This pause button should also be introduced at the national level, so that there is “safe money”. During this respite, a solid plan can be put in place to help these young people get out of debt. There are a lot of ideas about this, including among the young people themselves. That the national government admits that young people themselves are also victims, only then does it mean something. And then that little helping hand can contribute to recovery. with young people and with their parents.

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