€24 million in non-active allowance paid to former Dutch politicians: report

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Over 24 million euros in non-active allowance payments were made to 229 former Dutch politicians over the past six years, the Telegraaf reports based on figures from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations.

Non-active allowance is an allowance paid to former politicians while they're waiting for a new job or their pension benefits to start. Between September 2012 and the end of 2018 a total of 186 former parliamentarians, 18 former Ministers, and 15 former State Secretaries made use of this allowance, according to the newspaper.

The highest amount paid out to a single former politician was 482,861 euros. The Ministry did not reveal the names of the politicians who made use of this allowance. Though one is likely former D66 parliamentarian Wassila Hachchi, who resigned as MP in 2016 to work as a volunteer in Hillary Clinton's campaign for the United States presidential elections.