Doctoral Research Forum Blog Series: Part I

The illusion of self-reliance in the legal system: the childcare benefits scandal

By Nathalie Schnabl 


The so-called ‘childcare benefits scandal’ in the Netherlands, which unfairly targeted parents for fraud with childcare allowance, has dominated the national and international newspapers from 2019 onwards. Over 26.000 parents are involved in a legal struggle with the tax authorities about the withdrawal and reclaiming of (large amounts) of childcare allowance. A small administrative mistake was enough for the tax authorities to label these parents as fraudulent.