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Christian Democrats aim to split child allowance

Published: 08 Jul 2012 12:31 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Jul 2012 12:31 GMT+02:00

Sweden’s Christian Democrats suggest that child allowance should be split between parents, whether living together or separately with shared custody, replacing today’s system in which the mother automatically receives the allowance.

The Christian Democrats also want the premium pensions, which form part of the state-funded pension, to be split equally between parents with children under 12 years of age.

Sharing the sum of their earned pension would mean that the parent who has worked more when the children are young would have to give away part of their earned premium pension.

At the Almedalen political week on Gotland, the Christian Democrats have also suggested that parents ought to receive support and advice to help them agree on child support payments, instead of regulating these payments through the Swedish Social Insurance Agency’s (Försäkringskassan) child support.

Party leader Göran Hägglund pointed out that this would improve the economic situation for Sweden’s poorest children.

“The economic situation for these children would improve by some 1,000 kronor ($142) per month,” he said.

The Christian Democrats are hoping to profile themselves as the Swedish party which gives parents, families and individuals most freedom and least involvement from politicians and authorities, particularly within the area of family politics.

Voters’ support for the party, which forms part of the governing centre-right Alliance, has been hovering around four percent, the minimum required to remain in the Riksdag.

“The Alliance’s energy certainly hasn’t faded. We’ve got lots of new ideas, and I don’t feel that I’m losing energy,” Hägglund said.

However, Hägglund didn’t answer whether or not he would be accepting the invitation extended by Centre Party head Annie Lööf to her three Alliance colleagues, to join her in her home town Maramö in order to give the governing Alliance new energy.

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

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18:07 July 8, 2012 by Uncle
Excellent idea. The child allowance should be divided according to the investment of the parent. If it is 50%-50% then the allowance should be equal. In addition, a good idea in regards to pensions for housewifes. Otherwise they are falling into poverty if divorcing at older age.
11:10 July 9, 2012 by cattie
I know so many women who due to no fault of their own, live in poverty after a late divorce in Sweden. A woman is unlikely to remarry if the divorce occurs later than her forties. At first, while there are still minor children at home, it is okay since lower income women get bostadbidrag. Once the barnbidrag/bostadbidrag stop, they cannot afford their apartment. Nowadays, moving to smaller apartment is still quite expensive. And once they must retire, they really struggle. Meanwhile, their ex has remarried and is living at a much higher level.
12:01 July 9, 2012 by zooeden
Great point for the Christians!!! Thumbs up!!!
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