Parental benefit cheats fewer than expected

Parents cheat less on temporary parental benefits for their sick children than at first thought. A new report indicates that only 1.6 percent of payments are erroneous.

The new report from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) indicates that previous figures showing widespread cheating by parents through receiving over-payments for taking care of sick children appear to have been exaggerated.

“We thought that there would be a far greater number of erroneous payments,” said Niklas Löfgren at the agency to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The survey studied 1,200 randomly selected cases. If the sample is representative it would mean that 229 million kronor ($37.5 million) is paid out in error per annum.

“The result of the survey will be that controls of temporary parental benefits will have a lower priority,” said Löfgren.

Child benefit payments have also been re-classified by the agency. Child benefit has been changed from a high-risk to low risk with regard to cheating.