The cabinet will do “everything possible” to get the surcharge issue done faster.

The cabinet will do “everything possible” to get the surcharge issue done faster.

The government wants to speed up the handling of the childcare allowance issue. Until the first quarter of 2025, 90 percent of the victims’ files must be fully evaluated. Foreign Minister De Vries (aid) writes this in a progress report.

He calculates that the final 10 percent will take another six months. This means that the Certificate Revocation Enforcement Organization (UHT) processed all files in 2025, two years earlier than the default.

The question is will this work? Nieuwsuur noted this week that UHT is in danger of shutting down completely. Employees are stuck in internal rules and processes, there is a culture of fear, and volatility is high.

De Vries acknowledges that there are “challenges and bottlenecks.” He points out that the organization formed in a short time is under great pressure. About 1500 people work there today. In the coming period, it wants to further expand its capacities and at the same time create more stability in the workplace.

Evaluation takes a long time

De Vries emphasizes that this is no easy task. “Because, for example, if I can’t find people in the current narrow job market, it has an impact. So I’m going to make a guess and we’ll do our best for it.”

By the end of 2022, more than 59,400 people had signed up for UHT. The meter will remain open until the end of 2023, so the number may increase. 28,000 people are now recognized as victims. They received 30,000 euros in damages, but their cases are generally not yet closed.

Victims claiming compensation of more than 30,000 euros are thoroughly investigated by UHT. If true, it is referred to the Actual Damage Commission.

De Vries says it takes a long time for UHT to go through each file because each situation is different and an “adjustment” must be made.

To date, 20,000 full assessments have been completed. At the current rate, the last cases would have been processed by 2027. By 2030, the property damage committee will be finished.

“We are doing everything we can”

Following a pilot project, Secretary of State De Vries is now taking a series of steps to accelerate these complementary assessments. For example, appeals by victims with the help of mediation or a settlement agreement on the actual amount of compensation should be processed more quickly.

“We do everything we can to ensure that affected parents can get on with their lives,” De Vries says. “Childcare issues have left a deep imprint on a large group of parents and their children. Therefore, it is important that we act now to help parents faster and better.”

Source: NOS

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