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Child benefits must be raised: Sahlin

TT/The Local · 16 Aug 2009, 09:50

Published: 16 Aug 2009 09:50 GMT+02:00

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If one parent doesn’t pay child support, the Swedish Social Insurance Office (Försäkringskassan) will pay maintenance support, currently a maximum of 1,273 kronor per month per child. The Social Democrats have previously wanted to increase the amount by 100 kronor per month, but Sahlin now believes that an even greater increase is warranted.

She does not yet want to give an exact amount, but told TT news agency that the issue will be addressed in the party platform for the upcoming elections.

Sahlin said that the increase was timely “because unemployment among these groups has grown” and “because the effects of reduced unemployment benefits and healthcare have had greater impact on the household incomes of these single parents."

Speaking to a group of 800 in her home municipality of Nacka on Saturday, Sahlin criticized the government multiple points: the labour market, taxes, education, healthcare, its policy on Iran – but most of all on equality and equal opportunities.

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Social Democrat leaders also want to tighten the requirements for private actors within healthcare and education. It should not be possible to make huge profits by lowering the quality or concentrating on particular target groups.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:06 August 16, 2009 by Dorset
(SD) is usually used for Sweden democrats, not the social democrats
10:15 August 16, 2009 by Puffin
10:32 August 16, 2009 by Nomark
Great idea, but where is the money coming from ?
11:03 August 16, 2009 by Puffin
Well I wish that they would collect more from absent parents

The amount is pathetic - who can raise a child on less than 300 kr/week

The amount has only risen by 100kr since 1994
12:11 August 16, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
Nomark... silly question, everyone knows SocDem are more than happy to raise taxes.
13:34 August 16, 2009 by Mib
Rather than raise child benefit, they should target those Mothers/parents that really benefit/need it, rather than give it to people who wouln't miss it.
13:40 August 16, 2009 by Puffin
eeeerrm - you realise that they are talking about child maintenance support (child support for separated parents) an not general child benefit?

If the non residential parent can't/won't pay or can't be found the state pays an advance to the parent with the children of 1273 per month
15:00 August 16, 2009 by Mb 65
If you cannot afford to have children you shouldn't. You must take into account that if one of you die or break up.

The would is over populated so why does Sweden promote child birth.

They should make the absent parent pay for the child's up keep. If it was put into the tax offices control they would soon pay up.
15:56 August 16, 2009 by UKLady
@ Mb 65.

Are you posting this drivel to just wind people up?? Löjligt!

Nobody can see into the future and know that their relationship/marriage will fall apart and they will end up separating!

Sweden promotes child birth because it has, along with Europe a very low rate of birth compared to other places in the world. If we are to fulfill pensions and the demand that will be placed on welfare and services we NEED to up the birthrate significantly.

What do you suggest the absent parent does to pay if he or she is not working??Go rob a bank for the money?
17:06 August 16, 2009 by Security
Good stuff, as we need it more in bad times.

After all, these kids will be thankful one day (soon) to society in the amount of money you give them when they need it. Otherwise, angered parents would teach them to hate single old people. Things will end up in revolution with single oldies striped of money and everything when they really need it.

We don't want them to be angered parents with angered kids, do you?
19:24 August 16, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh

Mb65 is making a valid point but it is not correct in the context of this subject...

With the world population growth forecasts and it's affect on the access to food and the effect on the environment, developed western countries need to change the way their economies work and deal with issues of pensions and growth without taking the short sighted approach encouraging increasing birth rates and immigration.

It is time to accept that we have to work until we are older. It is a necessary trade off from longer life expectancy we have.
07:04 August 17, 2009 by Greg in Canada

Good point about retirement. People are living far longer nowadays - 80's and even 90's, so how can they realistically continue to expect to retire in their 50's. I'm self employed and accept that I will not be getting an early retirement.
07:47 August 17, 2009 by ooh456
Yeah I'm sure that extra 100 SEK per week is going to break the Swedish state with their 70% tax base, LOL.
08:21 August 17, 2009 by Puffin
OK - I know that the total tax as a % of GNP Sweden is pretty high - second only to Denmark - however it's not 70% - but 48%

08:39 August 17, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
Puffin, the TRUE tax burden on top earners is in excess of the 70% on top earners when you remember to include the social tax that is conveniently hidden. The average tax payer is also paying much more than they think they are.

Social tax is a tax on your income which is deducted by the employer as you are paid just like the other income taxes.

Of the money that is left of over, some of it is used to purchase goods and services that attract the 25% moms further increasing the tax burden on all tax payers.
19:44 August 17, 2009 by Playmaker
well it is a good idea for swedes to reproduce more. then we well not need so many refugees, asylum seekers. as for the money we could pay by using the money we use on refugees, asylum seekers. just a thought

11:17 August 18, 2009 by hpunlimited
Why should I as a taxpayer pay for my neighbors kids??? Why can't my neighbor pay and take responsibility for his/her own kids? Mona Sahlin is insane!
14:15 August 18, 2009 by Liadora
Ummm...ok not in Sweden yet so not paying Swedish taxes, but I pay my UK taxes. And I pay them with the understanding that it is going to (hopefully) benefit the country as a whole. I don't pay taxes just so I can recieve the benefits in return from the state, but so my neighbours and my coworkers and on and on can recieve the same benefits. What can I say? I like sharing :)

I think children deserve to be looked after in portion by the state, after all, when they grow up they will be doing their turn to support the running of the state that so kindly supported them. But I am surprisingly neutral to how much the state should actually dish out. Enough to show they care about child welfare but not so much it discourages people to work to provide for their families (a problem here in the UK let me tell you!). I doubt an increase of a couple of hundred kronor would do that.

Oh playmaker my friend, how did I know you would bring up the asylum seeker thing? ;)
09:58 August 24, 2009 by Scottishlass
As a single Mum to two boys, I have two comments to add.

A number of years ago, when I was unemployed and receiving "försöjningsbidrag" (Social welfare support), the child benefit amount was increased.

However, note, I did not benefit in any way!

I just got less monthly benefit as child benefit was taken into my "monthly income" column.

Hope Mona Sahlin can fix it so parents on benefit can actually BENEFIT!

Also, I think that parents with good income (easy to see via income tax office) shouldn't get child benefit (or atleast just a standard minimum amount per month). Some people say that the benefit belongs to the CHILD and not the parent, but I can imagine that in "rich" families they hardly notice it coming into to their account - whereas "poor" families are counting the days (and eating noodles) until the benefit arrives.

I know a family with 3 children, the parents both had great jobs. They saved up their child benefit and all flew off to Thailand for 2 weeks. Is that what child benefit is for, Mona Sahlin ?
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