Monday 05 December 2022

VVD party leader wants to scrap benefits, compensate through tax system

The benefits system should be scrapped completely and poorer people should be helped through the tax system, right-wing Liberal VVD party leader Halbe Zijlstra told the NRC.

Zijlstra told the paper the benefit system has developed into a ‘fraud-sensitive Moloch’. ‘Taking money from people through tax and then giving it back in benefits for housing, children and healthcare is a senseless circulation of money,’ he said.

The party leader was reacting to the case of junior finance minister Frans Weekers, who faced a motion of no confidence earlier this week for his handling of benefit fraud by Bulgarians.

But Zijlstra also said the fact that 70% of the population receives one or more benefits shows the whole system is out of control.


Zijlstra said the Netherlands has always had a progressive tax system and he does not want that to change.

However, it would be much better to scrap benefits and recompense poorer people through a lower income tax rate. ‘If that is not enough, then one universal benefit would be enough,’ he said.

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