Foreign Affairs
Dutch PM and Government resign after child benefits scandal

The Dutch Government led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte has resigned after thousands of families were unjustly accused of have defrauded child benefits and received demands to reimburse them.

In the words of PM Rutte, these families were left dumbfounded and were caused financial difficulties, many of those impacted being immigrant families. He presented the Cabinet’s resignation to the Dutch King.

The Government will continue to administer on a temporary basis to handle the pandemic situation until a General Election is held in March. However, the Minister for the Economy resigned with immediate effect because of his role in the scandal.