SGP party chairman Peter Zevenbergen has resigned because of the fuss about his redundancy scheme, his party reports on Saturday. The decision was taken in consultation with the central management.
Shortly after the appointment of Zevenbergen as party chairman in September 2018, there was criticism of the redundancy payment scheme to which he was entitled as a former alderman of the municipality of Alblasserdam. As a high school director, he received 1,450 euros net per month to compensate for the loss of salary.
Zevenbergen decided to abandon his redundancy due to the discussions, but stopping or phasing out the scheme would not be possible. The amount would therefore be "made available to the community", his party reported at the time.
The SGP reports that Zevenbergen and the board hoped to close the chapter on redundancy in October 2018, but that this did not work. Since a few weeks there has been much attention for this redundancy payment scheme, SGP reports, without going into details. According to the NRC acknowledged the central management to have recently made mistakes in internal communication about the redundancy pay.
The party reports that "proper functioning as party chairman came under pressure" and that the events "put a heavy burden on the party and on Zevenbergen itself, its family and health". Zevenbergen will be temporarily replaced by its predecessor Maarten van Leeuwen.