Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the resignation of the cabinet in circulation on Friday, saying responsibility for the scandal “ultimately lies with the current cabinet and nowhere else”.
As part of the scandal, about 10,000 families in the Netherlands were told to pay tens of thousands of euros in subsidies after being wrongly accused of child fraud.
Rutte delivered his speech following the publication of a report by the Parliamentary Committee on Inquiries on Childcare Aid, which he called “very difficult but fair”.
“Mistakes have been made at all levels of the political-administrative-legal system that have led to great injustice to thousands of parents,”
The Dutch prime minister was adamant that the financial compensation for the affected parents was “the first thing that needs to be settled properly”.
“We will continue to work for quick compensation and improvements needed in the future.”
Elections for a new government will take place in mid-March, he said until then, the current administration will continue to operate and “can be expected to do what is necessary in the national interest”.
Rutte has been in power for more than a decade, taking office in October 2010. If his party wins the election in two months, he will be able to form a new administration.
Addressing the Dutch, Ruth said that “our fight against the coronavirus continues.”