Dutch government faces collapse over child benefits scandal. Why didn’t that happen to the Tories?

I bring this to your attention because the UK Conservative Party restricted child benefits to cover two children a few years ago.

Any parent wishing to claim benefit for a third child (or more) had to prove that the child was born in extraordinary circumstances conforming to a clause in new Tory legislation that swiftly became known as the rape clause.

It demanded that people who had been criminally violated not only had to relive the experience but also had to discuss it with strangers who should have had no right to know.

Parents with more than two children who could not provide such information lost benefit for more than two children instantly.

Those who could provide it were not guaranteed the extra cash because a DWP adjudicator could easily decide against them.

There was an outcry against this change in the law – which unreasonably discriminates against victims of violent crime.

But the Tories were never in any danger of being removed.

So here’s the question:

Are the Dutch overreacting? Or should the Tories have stepped down over their law that exposes and humiliates rape victims?

The Dutch government will decide on Friday whether to step down over an escalating scandal in which tax officials wrongly accused thousands of parents of fraud, plunging many families into debt by ordering them to repay childcare allowances.

The opposition Labour party leader, Lodewijk Asscher, who was social affairs minister in the previous government, resigned over the affair on Thursday, denying he knew the tax authority was “wrongly hunting down thousands of families” but conceding a failing system had “made the government an enemy of its people”.

Source: Dutch government faces collapse over child benefits scandal | Netherlands | The Guardian

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2 thoughts on “Dutch government faces collapse over child benefits scandal. Why didn’t that happen to the Tories?

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    Whether one two three four children that is up to the couple not government and taking food away is this government goal starve deny benefits it’s all part of that famous scheme aktion t4 lots say no but listen to that old woman telling her tale about her mother nah it’s not happening here youl say but open your eyes disabled sick mentally ill those unemployed even those working they hitting with their Christian love oh dear back to my pen

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    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      The point here is that you can only get child benefit for more than two children if having one of them WASN’T up to you – and the demand to prove it is needlessly intrusive.

      Reply

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