Child and invalidity benefit to be cut for claims made abroad

Payments to Dutch nationals who live abroad and claim invalidity or child benefit will be reduced to local standard of living levels from January, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

The paper says ministers will decide today to back the change, which will also affect widow and orphan pensions.
The aim is to stop people ‘profiting’ from benefits by living in countries with a much lower cost of living.
The government hopes the measure will reduce spending on benefits by a structural €30m a year.
The bulk of child benefit payments abroad go to Morocco, Turkey and the US.
Eventually, the cabinet wants to stop all child benefit payments outside the EU, but that requires changes to 40 separate treaties, the Volkskrant says.

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