The Rotterdammer received the money between May 2000 and November 2003, while, in addition to the welfare benefit, "made money from temporary jobs," the Council writes. He had not reported these jobs to the county.
However, he does not need to return the money: the case is barred. Since 2004, the municipality has been trying to recover the money. The authorities thought that the statutory limitation period had been suspended but, according to the Council, the rules were not entirely accurate.
Millions of stains
There is a limitation case after 5 years. Because the count starts from the moment a municipality wants to intervene, in this case March 26, 2004, those five years have passed.
Municipalities now fear that millions of euros can no longer be recovered in comparable cases, writes NOS; Only Rotterdam would risk losing 40 million.
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