Dutch Rutte government to resign over child welfare fraud scandal
Mark Rutte’s Dutch government is to step down after thousands of families were wrongly accused of child welfare fraud and told to pay it back. Families suffered an “unparalleled wrong”, Dutch MPs decided, with tax officials, politicians, judges and civil servants leaving them powerless. Many were from an immigrant background and hundreds were plunged into financial difficulty. Mr Rutte will submit the cabinet’s resignation to the king, reports say. The decision, taken at a cabinet meeting in The Hague, comes at a key moment in the Covid-19 pandemic.