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Government pledges boost for big families

TT/The Local · 31 Mar 2010, 12:32

Published: 31 Mar 2010 12:32 GMT+02:00

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The centre-right government announced that the supplementary child allowance paid out to families with more than one child will be raised on July 1st 2010 in a change that will cost 700 million kronor ($100 million).

A further 100 million kronor will be invested in the creation of up to 15,000 summer jobs across Sweden's municipalities.

"In a crisis it is the young that are sidelined first. It is difficult to find a first real job and often the summer job is the first step into the labour market," enterprise minister Maud Olofsson said on Wednesday.

"Many municipalities already organize these types of activities. This is a boost for the whole municipal and voluntary sectors," Olofsson said.

Summer schools will also receive a 20 million kronor boost in 2010.

The supplementary child allowance will be raised by 50 kronor per month for the second child, 100 kronor for the third, and 200 kronor for the fourth and every additional child.

The four-party Alliance has elected to raise the supplementary benefit instead of the statutory portion as it intends the funds to benefit families that are least well-off.

"To raise child benefits would cost a great deal of money and is not as precise. That would benefit families with the same economic situation as mine. But raising the supplementary benefit means that those with the weakest finances gain the most," social minister Göran Hägglund said.

Hägglund argues that while there are relatively few larger families, they carry the heaviest burden.

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"The more people living on one income, the less there is to go around," he said.

The opposition Social Democrats' spokesperson on welfare issues, Ylva Johansson, call the Alliance's proposal "an election year Easter egg".

"But it's good that they are proposing something that we have long argued for in parliament," said Johansson, who argued that the hike in the supplementary benefit was the correct move, but should have been more.

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13:26 March 31, 2010 by boby
Nice! More Mustafas can buy bigger Mercedeces now!
13:59 March 31, 2010 by heroine
This is a great news....family support is very important.

Well i guess it's time for many families out t there to start multiplying themselves now.
14:02 March 31, 2010 by Deema
boby doesn't want mustafa to come to sweden

boby doesn't want mustafa to feed his children

boby doesn't want mustafa to buy a car

boby wants mustafa back to his country, that other bobys destroyed so boby and his bobys can buy all the Mercedes they want while mustafa watches his children and family die one by one

it's only because boby thinks boby is good while mustafa is bad because mustafa is not boby after all
14:25 March 31, 2010 by cbeynch
The picture included above does not appear to be representative for the family that would typically be the beneficiary of this latest government handout. Feel free to correct me here if I'm off the mark.
14:27 March 31, 2010 by TrixyTretya
boby doesn't want mustafa to buy a BIGGER car !!
14:47 March 31, 2010 by calebian22

You are not wrong. There are not too many Vikings with large families anymore.
14:48 March 31, 2010 by peropaco
Giving the fact that Inga-Lil and Pelle-Jäns are totally incapable of producing more than one child; I guess the increase in benefits will go to the other sector of the population that enjoys spending time in the bedroom ;-)
15:02 March 31, 2010 by Swedesmith
Boby doesn't want Mustafa to buy a new Mercedes on his tax dollars, then fill it with bombs and blow up innocent people at the market.
15:10 March 31, 2010 by peropaco
Boby doesn't want Mustafa to collect money and send to radical organizations abroad.
15:20 March 31, 2010 by Puffin
Must be election year :-)
16:13 March 31, 2010 by livinginsweden
Boby you and i are svenska... lets make more cute blonde blue eyes babies together before mustafa gets all the money :)

ha ha ha
16:28 March 31, 2010 by Sjayna
Boby, and more Sveas and Svens can get more fat...

Why don't they skip the child benefit (barnbidraget) ? Why should I get money from the goverment on to my coun't monthly if I make a child? Is it not my responsibility to take care of my child even financially if I have an income?! ....what a stupid system and waste of tax moneys...
16:30 March 31, 2010 by Graeme.H
How about giving people without kids the money...after all we pay more taxes, we don't require funding for schools we don't get paid parental leave and we are not contributing to the over crowding in this world or leaving a larger carbon foot print.

Not sure I want to be paying for anyones kids, let alone anyone elses bigger car....!
16:37 March 31, 2010 by Elias06
Boby doesnt have "cojones" to talk to mustafa in the street...can just talk behind his computer with a surname ...raccist
16:41 March 31, 2010 by peropaco
Boby can take on Mustafa in the street if its a mano a mano. Unfortunately Mustafa never walks alone :-)
16:54 March 31, 2010 by Elias06
this conversation is silly bobby is turning all the subjects to mustafa's problems,housing is mustafas problem,financial crisis is because of mustafa, sweden not qualified to world cup is because of mustafa,the bad weather its mustafa...life is beautiful and too short bobby take advantage of it take advantage of the ones you love and enjoy the time you spend with them you are just a human just like mustafa and one day you will die old and i hope you wouldnt have spent your life commenting mustafas activities
17:21 March 31, 2010 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
Boby's ancestors probably worked hard at sorting out all the problems life provides and build this beautiful country while he is probably now working hard to keep the same standards. I understand if he wants the benefits of all this work goes to his descendants.
17:23 March 31, 2010 by mannorun
This is the best news i have heard for a while.I have 4 kids now, seriously i wanted more but my wife has been kinda reluctant to give more, with this news, we are starting this night. Thanks TL, as i write my dick is already on a rise.

17:27 March 31, 2010 by Callidus
Perfectly agree with Graeme.H on this. We need incentives to reduce the number of human beings on this planet and stop supportting any further growth. Give the money to people without kids for these additional reasons:

1) people without kids do not arrive late at work, leave early from work because they have to drop/collectes the kids at the "dagis"

2) they don't claim their kids to be kids so they can stay at home from work and get further "bidrag"

3) never used parental leave saving the state and the companies loads of money

4) do not use prams as weapons of mass crushing

5) do not travel for free on public transport as long as the kid is in the pram (funny to see 5 year old kids still being carried around in those so that the parents can enjoy a free ride)

6) do not annoy neighbours with their loud and hyperactive (to say the least...) kids.

But I would make an exception if Bobby and Mustafa want to have kids! ;)
19:53 March 31, 2010 by rthomasson

Bobby does not want Mustafa in his country, becouse Mustafa's kids are causing lot of troubles and are criminals. Look how they behave themselves in Malmo? Why should Bobby work so hard to feed them ons his costs? What the hell has Bobby to do with Mustafa or his kids? It is Mustafa and his brothers who like to play war games in the name of their big boss Mr. Allah. it is their bussiness to survive the war!. Sweden is for the Swedes and Sweden has the obligation to support only Swedish big families. In no time in history did people work hard to feed their enemies.
21:46 March 31, 2010 by Rebel
Well, maybe they can get more Swedes to remember what sex is designed for in the first place.
21:50 March 31, 2010 by Freelife
Sweden is a great country; This is a very nice way to distribute wealth among its people.

However, it must also need to monitor that the money given to the children, doesn't become an easy money making trick.
00:48 April 1, 2010 by JoeSwede
The law should be adjusted so that any family who has a grandparent that was born in Sweden will receive the extra sum. Let's call the proposal - "Help maintain the Swedish Indiginous Population".
01:28 April 1, 2010 by glamelixir
Wife of Bobby with her biological clock ticking doesn't dare to get pregnant of their first child because she seems not able to get a job to support a small family.

Should I have married mustafa instead and reproduce like an irresponsible rabbit? haha

Now seriously.

Why would you decide to have a large famiIy if you can't afford to support it!?!?!?! I am not having a small family because I am scared of how to afford it!!!

I am an immigrant who married a Swede with an as long as the could track family tree of vikings , and I also agree that this country is giving more than enough to some people, and needs to start improving the lives of those who are either natives or just immigrants with good CVs and willing to work.

I feel that it is sad and unfair that we have to count every little ore and wonder how to pay our overated rent and suddenly they decide that those who did not get socially responsible are going to get more.

I might have gone to hell with this comment, this type I apologyze if I offended someone but It just touched me in a very personal way.
01:35 April 1, 2010 by Corvinus
Forget making other people pay for someone elses children. Kids are a lifestyle choice, like a yacht, or a Porsche, just more expensive. Why should I pay for someones elses Porsche? Let alone 3, 4, 5 of them...

Screw giving these people benefits, use the money to reward people for NOT breeding like rodents and any change to offer government subsidised vasectomies and the resulting 2 to 3 days off work following, beats months on end of paying someone to sit at home with an excreting drooling ball of flesh....
04:31 April 1, 2010 by soultraveler3
Why should we be forced to pay for other peoples children?

Having children should be a planned out action. The couple should ask themselves are we able to provide for this baby in every way, emotionally, physically and financially. If the answer is yes go for it, if it's no be responsible and get some form of contraception.

It's a sad fact that most people, in western society, with large families are poor and uneducated. Alot of these families are already supported by social welfare or refugee handouts. Isn't that enough? Why reward people that take so much from society and give so little back?

Why not give the money to responsible people? Use it to fund more cultural activites or create more bike paths or hell, just use it to clean up the graffitti that seems to be everywhere.

This world more and more often, seems to reward those who are the most lazy, the most irresponsible, the ones that have the biggest sense of entitlement. It leaves the rest of us that work hard and try to do the right thing wondering why.

Having a child or multiple children is a choice not a necessity. Like others have said, we don't pay for other people's sport cars, trips, candy bars etc. Why should we pay for their children? I'd be embarrassed if I had children and expected or had to rely on hand-outs from the government / tax payers.
08:00 April 1, 2010 by stenhuggaren
presumably all you rabid child-haters up there will however be happy to receive the healthcare, pensions and other public services funded by these future generations. And perhaps enjoy the private services created and staffed by them, including all those future Porsche's which don't assemble themselves.
09:25 April 1, 2010 by americanska
What the government givith, the goverment takith away.

why not letting people keep their money in the first place.
09:32 April 1, 2010 by cogito
Here we go again--the naive delusion that a "future generation" is going to pay for our healthcare, pensions....

If this "future generation" is ambitious and intelligent, they will move out of Sweden to someplace with lower taxes and a higher quality of life. They will fund the pensions of their new country.

The future generation that hasn't the energy or initiative to leave, will likely be on the dole.
20:06 April 1, 2010 by glamelixir
also thinking why not boosting help for people to have a first child instead?

Why not helping those who are responsible and can't get started instead of those who don't care about anything at all?
21:22 April 1, 2010 by svenskdod
Why is the Government obsessed with population growth? If it weren't for our ability to mass produce food, the planet wouldn't be able to hold half the inhabitants it has now. Economies these days are built on growth, the easiest way to do this is to increase the population which increases the job force. THIS IS ARCHAIC!!!!!

The government needs to be investing more in education to create a better educated and effective population. This then counters the need to increase the population so much. I am starting to see homeless on the streets begging for money, AND THEY ARE NOT SWEDISH, as such the immigration policies are BAD. They are trying to redirect focus by patching a non-problem.

So now instead of saying "LESS IMMIGRANTS" because the country probably cant afford it anymore, and being labelled by the liberals as racist, they are putting money into programmes that say "hey we aren't racist after all."

21:41 April 1, 2010 by Rebel
A person who does not have children is about as useful to the culture as a drone bee. Sure, get as much work out of them as possible, but they will not pass on their genes to the next generation.

Remember, the future belongs to the ones who show up. If you fail to reproduce, or a culture fails to reproduce enough to maintain itself, then so much for the future for that person/culture.
03:33 April 5, 2010 by engagebrain
From a green perspective we do not really want to encourage large families - maybe child benefit should be reduced for each child after the second.
09:06 April 5, 2010 by Kronaboy
That's all very good and I'm sure there will always be plenty of high flying high paying jobs reserved for the native European elite, the fact remains you have a rapidly ageing population which needs to be cared for, which means an ever growing revenue problem for the government. So the problem isn't the foreigners who are producing the children who will be cleaning your European backsides when you are a geriatric, but the loud mouth racist idiots who are the cause of unemployment amongst immigrant populations. You don't like the high level of unemployment amongst minorities, fine neither do we, tell the government to introduce positive discrimination whereby 10% of all Government vacancies are reserved for minorities, you want to submit a tender for a Government contract then 10% of your staff must be from minority groups employed across the board not just cleaning the toilets, that should reduce the number Mustafa's taking your money. Look the choice is yours there are going to be over 50million Muslims (excluding the Bulgarians, Greeks, Bosnians etc...) who are going to living in the EU by 2050, majority of them under 30, it can be as easy or as hard as you make it; just remember when you are 80 its probably going to be one of those nasty horrible Mustafa's lifting out of your bed.
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