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Opposition flirts with single mums

Paul O'Mahony · 1 May 2010, 09:49

Published: 01 May 2010 09:49 GMT+02:00

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The new single parent schemes are to be spread over two years and form part of the opposition's shadow spring budget proposal, set to be presented in full on Monday.

The Red-Greens claim a series of "structural reforms" are necessary if Sweden is to close the income gap between the sexes.

"Single women with children are a group in particular need of attention," according to an opposition statement.

In concrete terms, the Social Democrats, Left Party and Green Party are promising 1.225 billion kronor over two years. This figure is split between three categories: maintenance support, rent allowance, and the provision of childcare services outside of regular working hours.

Firstly, the parties are promising to raise child maintenance payments by 100 kronor in 2011 and 150 kronor in 2012.

"As children tend more often live with their mother than their father when a man and a woman separate, a hollowing out of the maintenance support system has primarily affected women," they write.

If the opposition coalition is elected, the proposal will cost 250 million kronor in 2011, rising to 375 million kronor in 2012.

The Red-Greens are also vowing to raise housing allowance and access allowance benefits for single parents by 130 kronor per child per month. The proposal would cost an estimated 200 million kronor for each of the next two years.

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The three opposition parties have also agreed to set aside 100 million kronor each in 2011 and 2012 for a stimulus package aimed at urging Sweden's municipalities to provide childcare services outside of regular working hours.

With ever fewer councils offering flexible childcare services, many parents, "particularly single parents, lack childcare services when they work evenings, nights and weekends."

The parties add that they intend to draft new legislation to ensure single parents have access to childcare services at all times.

Paul O'Mahony (paul.omahony@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

11:31 May 1, 2010 by saar
It seems like the opposition is gonna promise anything to anyone to woo the voters.

It started to look like BS.
11:34 May 1, 2010 by Nemesis
The comments on this will be priceless.
12:29 May 1, 2010 by Beavis
Unless bag woman reveals that she has a secret stash of money trees, where are they getting the money? Oh yeah, by raising taxes (which taxes nobody knows!), putting all the cleaners out of work (so they wont have their income tax money either)..etc

ALso is this money going to be throw at single parents or just descriminated towards women? Do they want the feminist nutjob party as part of their coalition?
12:56 May 1, 2010 by byke
Isnt this sexist within there actions of blatantly singling out single mothers rather than single parents?
13:11 May 1, 2010 by Kronaboy
@ Byke

"benefits for single parents"

If the money is targeted and contingent upon employment it should be of benefit, thus far Sweden has got it right avoiding the unsustainable situation in the UK; or hasn't anyone noticed how in the UK most single mums (which have bloomed out of control thanks to Thatcherite economics) tend to stagger their child birth every 5 years thereby ensuring a steady income flow until the age of 60????
13:58 May 1, 2010 by byke
@ Kronaboy

"Single women with children are a group in particular need of attention,"
15:49 May 1, 2010 by Kronaboy
All I know is when I get on a bus in Sweden I don't have to fight for a space because the bus is full of pram pushing 15 year olds who can barely string a sentence together.
17:57 May 1, 2010 by nyag
why is there a pic of these three clowns on the local every other day??? and the poses they give are so childish,... BOREDDDDD
18:18 May 1, 2010 by nukes-free
Is all these not encouraging relationship break-ups.

Don't get me wrong, there are whole lot of reasons why people don't stay in relationship. This kind of welfare support is part of it.
19:42 May 1, 2010 by byke
@ Kronaboy

"All I know is when I get on a bus in Sweden I don't have to fight for a space because the bus is full of pram pushing 15 year olds who can barely string a sentence together."

Have you ever lived in the UK?
19:59 May 1, 2010 by Kronaboy
Much to my misfortune born and bred.
21:12 May 1, 2010 by Brugge
When they did this in America it only made divorce and separation happen more frequently so that they could collect money from the government instead of forming a family unit. I don't think the federal state should be a child's father.
22:08 May 1, 2010 by apostolos1975
What if instead of using tax money they would push the fathers of these kids to take the burden. Why is it always that the costs or debts get socialized???
10:02 May 2, 2010 by byke
@ Kronaboy .....

TBH I cant ever remember seeing young mums on busses in the UK.

Maybe it's northern thing?

I do know that in central stockholm that generally here is never enough pram room parents. And the busses are constantly over strained due to the higher public need of public transport.

Again, making this about the sexes rather than the responsibility of parenting is wrong, and as David T pointed out the legal system for custody is generally always in favor of the mother. If anything if we wish to look at sexual equality, then this is the main area that needs to be addressed.
10:51 May 2, 2010 by Nilspet

You are right right !!!
12:22 May 2, 2010 by cogito
Are these all virgin births?

If not, where are the fathers?

Why should we pay for the deadbeat dads?
12:34 May 2, 2010 by Kronaboy

instead of hanging around Knightsbridge, Covent garden etc.... take a gander at where the real people live, you don't get many council flats around Sloane Square any more, they have all been sold off to chinless wonders as luxury apartment to fix local election results. Or did you think all us Londoners lived liked the Jews of Golders Green???? About 10 years ago a Dutch Specialist was brought in (Netherlands has one of the lowest rates of teenage pregnancies) to suggest ways of reducing teenage pregnancies, he suggested 1. Single teenage mums should no longer be given priority for the few remaining council houses, 2. any monies they receive should be contingent on living at the parental home or specialist hostel accommodation. Needless to say Whitehall buried the report quicker than you can say Tracey pass the peroxide.
12:47 May 3, 2010 by DAVID T
Someone deleted my post - no doubt some broke femminest single mother
08:05 May 4, 2010 by hardonforswedes
Nice idea means more babies and more work for men..lol..bring it on mona
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