Flemish Minister of Welfare Hilde Crevits (Christen Democratisch & Vlaams, CD&V) does not plan to cut families' child support when their minors get involved in riots.
She made this clear in the Flemish Parliament in response to a question from Immanuel De Reuse (Vlaams Belang). Rather, she called on the federal government to look into its own affairs.
Federal Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne (Open VLD) said last week that parents of young rioters should be made more accountable. During question time in parliament, he suggested cutting child support if necessary.
Van Quickenborne made the statement during a debate on the riots that broke out after the match between Belgium and Morocco at the World Cup in Qatar.
Reacting to his statement, Crevits said she had a suggestion to make: “Make sure people are identified, monitored and sentenced. In short: do your job.”
According to De Reuse, however, it should be possible to cut back on the Growth Package.
“Every policy level has to take responsibility, that’s the call that was made last week,” he said.
“There is a system in Flanders to support parents in parenting, which is run by taxpayers," De Reuse added. "There has to be a commitment to that from those parents.”