Catshuis Childcare Benefit Scheme
Questions about the Catshuis Childcare Benefit Scheme
We have received a lot of questions about this new scheme. We have answered the most frequently asked questions below.
Target groups for the Catshuis scheme
Who is eligible for €30,000? We set out below who is and who is not eligible.
If your situation is not listed or you have doubts, we advise you to call our Service Team and register despite of this. We will subject your application to a short assessment to see if you belong to the target group.
How does it work?
You must register with the Allowance Restoration Organisation (UHT). What happens next? When will you receive €30,000, and what happens if you are entitled to more money?
I am entitled to more/less compensation
The government expects the sum of €30,000 to provide adequate compensation for about half of those affected. In some cases this is more than adequate. However, some parents are entitled to more compensation. What is being done for them?
Offsets and debts
Some parents wonder if amounts they have previously received will be set off against the €30,000. Or if this amount will be set off against outstanding debts with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. We have explained these issues below.
State Secretary Van Huffelen announced in January 2021 that the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration and Benefits would write off the debts of affected parents. She is asking other major creditors to do the same. More information will follow.
Talks have also been held in the Catshuis about compensation for children of affected parents. At the moment we can't provide any information about this. We are working out the details of this scheme and it will take some time to do so thoroughly. As soon as we have more information we will publish it on this website.
Help from other organisations
There are other organisations that may provide help. For example, Victim Support (Slachtofferhulp) or your municipal authority, if you live in the Netherlands. The Catshuis agreement does not alter this.