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All debts that duped parents have due to the benefits affair with government agencies such as the Tax and Customs Administration and Benefits are forgiven.

Alexandra van Huffelen, State Secretary of Finance, announced this on Monday.

Debts with other authorities such as the UWV, the Education Executive Agency and the Social Insurance Bank will also be canceled.

The State Secretary calls on private creditors such as energy companies, banks and housing associations to do the same.

"So that parents can really start over and keep that compensation amount."

Last month, Van Huffelen announced that all victims are entitled to at least 30,000 euros.

"I think that parents deserve a completely clean slate, so that they can use the amount of compensation to really make a new start," said the State Secretary.

She emphasizes that the amount of 30,000 euros is the minimum.

"Parents entitled to more get more."

Housing corporations 'benevolent' to call

The government is still in talks with the private parties about the cancellation of the debts and can therefore not yet make any statements about how this will be implemented.

The banks will soon take a joint position on the cancellation of the debts of the duped parents, a spokesperson for the Dutch Banking Association (NVB) said.

According to the interest group, the news is still very fresh and the banks have only just heard about Van Huffelen's request.

Housing corporations are “sympathetic” to the government's call to cancel the debts that the parents have suffered from the benefits affair.

They do want to consult each other first, according to the Aedes corporation.

Victims had to pay part of the compensation to the tax authorities

On Friday, the interest group for administrators in debt rescheduling (BBW) announced in

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that victims of the childcare allowance affair had to pay part of the compensation they received back to the tax authorities.

The interest group dropped out of the consultation with the tax authorities because it did not agree with this choice.

"BBW has expressed its objections several times and has wanted to protect the tax authorities, the government and other committee members from the current disastrous plans, but has not received any response. BBW does not support the proposed scheme," said the interest association.

The Rutte III cabinet announced on Friday that it would resign after a damning report on the benefits affair.

Thousands of parents got into serious financial and personal problems at the hands of the illegal fraud hunt.

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