Published On: Mon, Jan 28th, 2013

Souman/Hermanus disproves allegations of deception

WILLEMSTAD – The accusation that bailiff office Souman/Hermanus places an attachment of the entire salary after deducting taxes and socials costs of former students with arrears in study grant payments with the Dutch DUO is not true. The office wrote this in a press report following criticism from former PAR-parliamentarian Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé, and others. According to the bailiff office, the main issue is that a good solution is found for arrears. “After all, there can hardly be any discussion on the legal principle that debts must be paid. It is, or course, not up to the bailiff to change this. Insofar there is discontentment on the collection of overdue debts it is not correct to blame the bailiff. The correct thing to do is enter into a dialogue with the parties that have influence on the collection of debts”, Souman’Hermanus wrote in a press report.

The allegation from Alcalá-Wallé on attachment of the entire salary after deduction of taxes and social costs is incorrect, according to the office. With these claims an attachment of earnings is limited to one-third of the net wages. This legal standard is to guarantee that the person affected by the attachment has enough for subsistence. This office observes this standard and more in general observes the law with the collection of debts and executing verdicts, also as regards the costs involved.

Souman/Hermanus limits itself to the collection of overdue debts. The office only has information on the current outstanding payments. Information on the latter is provided upon request. Moreover, in such cases additional data is requested. DUO can only demand outstanding amounts, not the rest of the debt. Outstanding payments are indicated as ‘the overdue debt’, the second as ‘the regular debt’.

According to Souman/Hermanus, the matter is namely not to brand a former students as a defaulter. “The point is that a good solution is found for arrears. Former students, who received a notice from Souman/Hermanus and still have questions, can contact the office during office hours from 8:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:00 hours, telephone number 736-9588 or per e-mail

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