When are we going to help which parents? For the initial test (the Catshuis scheme), we can give that schedule. For the integrated assessment, we unfortunately cannot give an exact schedule.
Schedule for initial test
All affected parents will receive a minimum of €30,000. For this, parents must register with us as affected parents. After registration, we do an initial test to assess if the parent qualifies for this scheme. We do this within 6 months of registration. This is part of the Catshuis Childcare Benefit Scheme.
Please note! We always call you first
We will always call you before transferring the money to you. It may take a few days for the money to reach your account. That depends on your bank.
We will contact you
We will call you before we transfer €30,000 to you. It may take some time for the money to reach your account. Below is an overview of our call and payment dates.
Our call and payment dates
|22 November 2023 - 5 December 2023||14 December 2023|
|5 December 2023 - 18 December 2023||29 December 2023|
|19 December 2023 - 1 January 2024||11 January 2024|
|2 January 2024- 15 January 2024||25 January 2024|
|16 January 2024 - 29 January 2024||8 February 2024|
|30 January 2024 - 12 February 2024||22 February 2024|
|13 February 2024 - 26 February 2024||7 March 2024|
|27 February 2024- 11 March 2024||21 March 2024|
|12 March 2024 - 25 March 2024||5 April 2024|
|26 March 2024 - 8 April 2024||18 April 2024|
|9 April 2024 - 22 April 2024||3 May 2024|
|23 April 2024 - 6 May 2024||17 May 2024|
|7 May 2024 - 20 May 2024||30 May 2024|
|21 May 2024 - 3 June 2024||13 June 2024|
|4 June 2024 - 17 June 2024||27 June 2024|
|18 June 2024 - 1 July 2024||11 July 2024|
|2 July 2024 - 15 July 2024||25 July 2024|
|16 July 2024 - 29 July 2024||8 August 2024|
|30 July 2024 - 12 august 2024||22 August 2024|
|13 August 2024 - 26 August 2024||5 September 2024|
|27 August 2024 - 9 September 2024||19 September 2024|
|10-September 2024 - 23 September 2024||3 October 2024|
|24 September 2024 - 7 October 2024||17 October 2024|
|8 October 2024 - 21 October 2024||31 October 2024|
|22 October 2024 - 4 November 2024||14 November 2024|
|5 November 2024 - 18 November 2024||28 November 2024|
|19 November 2024 - 2 December 2024||12 December 2024|
Schedule for integrated assessment
We perform an integrated assessment to find out what went wrong with an affected parent’s childcare benefit. When it is your turn for the integrated assessment, a personal case officer will contact you. This personal case officer will guide you. If you are entitled to more than €30,000, you will still get the remaining amount.
Waiting period of more than a year
If you applied for restoration, the waiting period will be more than a year. It can get up to 3 or 4 years. This schedule shows approximately when it is your turn. Unfortunately, we cannot give an exact schedule right now.
|Parents with application date in||Integrated assessment handled|
|First quarter of 2021||in 2022, 2023 or 2024|
|Second and third quarters of 2021||in 2023 or 2024|
|Fourth quarter of 2021||in 2024|
|2022||in 2024 or 2025|
Why is it taking so long
We also feel that the integrated assessment is taking too long. That is why we want to change our way of handling the integrated assessments.
There are a number of reasons why it is taking so long now:
- A lot of parents have registered, totalling over 62,000 (about 35,000 of whom registered in 2021).
- We create a file for each integrated assessment. To compile the file, we look in all the different systems of the Tax and Customs Administration/Benefits. We do this for all the years the assessment pertains to. We also include the parent’s story as detailed as possible in the assessment. An assessment team will assess this file. And the Committee of Experts issues an opinion if one or more years are rejected. If our assessment shows that a parent has been affected, we calculate the compensation amount. The parent will then receive a letter about the decision. This whole process takes a lot of time.
We are working hard in the meantime
Although it takes a long time for an integrated assessment to start, much has already been set in motion to help affected parents. If the initial test shows that you are an affected parent, you have received an amount of €30,000 (Catshuis scheme). After receiving the €30,000, you will be eligible for various debt settlement schemes. First, debts are paused. Public creditors start by waiving most public debts. Private debts can be reported to the counter for private debts. During the waiting period, your municipality can also offer you broad assistance to solve any problems, for example in the areas of health, work, day care, family and housing.
If, after the initial test, we find that you are not an affected parent, your public debts will remain paused until we have completed the integrated assessment.
Speeding up and improving the process
We are assessing whether and how we can speed up the handling process. For example, we are looking into the option of assessing specific groups earlier. For example, if it is clear that a parent is really not an affected parent because he or she has no children.
We are also looking at how we, together with our partners, can better help you and other parents. An example is the three-way meeting, which you have together with the personal case officer and the municipality. We will also better inform you and other parents about the steps you go through in your application. These improvements come from discussions with parents and are part of the recalibration.
Do you need any help?
Have you not registered yet, but would you like to do so? You can register until 31 December 2023.