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Moderates plan to combat child poverty

Moderates plan to combat child poverty

Published: 24 Mar 2012 14:51 GMT+01:00
Updated: 24 Mar 2012 14:51 GMT+01:00

The Moderates are for the first time planning to take a closer look at issues related to children in Sweden. Social security minister Ulf Kristersson will be heading up the party's child issues team.

"We've never really examined the overal image of how children in Sweden are doing," Kristersson told news agency TT.

The mission statement of the Moderates' child issues team proclaims that society is responsible for "inasmuch as possible giving all children equal opportunities," and for trying to even out differences in living conditions.

The team has its work cut out for it.

Organization Save the Children (Rädda barnen) recently published a report showing that child poverty is on the rise in Sweden. And according to statistics institute SCB, income differences have grown since the 1980s, with a steep increase in the past five years.

Single mothers were singled out as a particularly vulnerable group by the report.

"It's good that Save the Children has studied the conditions for children growing up in relative poverty. But I think they're too quick to jump to the conclusion of raising subsidies targeted towards these groups," Kristersson said.

Politicians have no business getting involved in parents' divorces, he maintained.

However, politicians can demand that parents take more economic responsibility for previous children when starting a new family.

"Just doing the easy thing, raising several subsidies so these families catch up a little risks making everything worse, by making it even less meaningful to work," Kristersson said.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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19:58 March 24, 2012 by johan rebel
Child poverty? Where? Brazzaville? Pyongyang? Asuncion?
09:25 March 25, 2012 by OUIJA
"Raising employment rates and offering high-quality daycare for all, not directed subsidies, are the keys to lowering child poverty levels in Sweden, according to the governing Moderate Party."

Really beautiful The Local. Now Sweden is governed by the Moderates, not by the Alliance. When will you start checking what you write and how you write it? Dismiss your so-called "editors". They are damaging your already not too good reputation in good journalism.
15:25 March 25, 2012 by Borilla

In order not to offend your sensibilities, we will not call you an idiot. Besides, that would tend to give real idiots a bad name. The Moderates, who are clearly and without a doubt the party controlling the current government, have stated that THEY will be looking into the issue of child poverty which THEY "have never really examined". They are falling behind in the polls and now want to address an issue that has arisen since they have controlled the government. Rest assured that they will change nothing since to do so would, as one can see from their statement, offend their upper class constituency. Their report will issue near the next election and blame the problem on the minority parties.
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