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More Swedish children dependent on benefits

Vivian Tse · 25 Nov 2010, 14:20

Published: 25 Nov 2010 14:20 GMT+01:00

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Sveriges Radio's Ekot news bulletin reported on Thursday that it was the fifth consecutive year that the proportion of children in families dependent on what were formerly known as social benefits according to statistics it compiled from the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

The proportion of children living in families on long-term financial assistance has increased gradually since 2006, with long-term defined by the board as families on social assistance for 10 to 12 months out of the year.

Often, these families also struggle with substance abuse, mental illness or crime, making these children particularly vulnerable, the report said.

According to Ekot's compilation of the board's statistics, in the first quarter of this year, the number of families with children on welfare rose eight percent from 2009, by five percent in the second quarter and four percent in the third quarter.

The agency also registered a sharp increase of households with and without children on long-term benefits to 65,985 in 2009 from 23,005 the previous year.

Cecilia Nauclér, press director of Children's Rights in Society (Barnens Rätt i Samhallet, BRIS), a Swedish children's rights non-profit organisation, pointed out children tend to not talk about financial problems when they call its hotlines, so it is difficult to gauge the depth of the financial difficulties they may be experiencing.

"We haven't seen an increase in children contacting us due to financial problems. The family conflicts may be about money, but children don't say that when they contact us," she told The Local on Thursday.

Nauclér added that the financial problems are not the major challenges for the children who contact the organisation.

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"There are poor children who can't go on school outings because they don't have the money. We have a few contacts like that, but not many. Children contact us when they have major ongoing conflicts," she said.

In addition, Nauclér noted that unemployment, often due to psychological issues, among one or both of the parents is a bigger problem than the financial situation the family is in as a result of receiving benefits.

"The children say that the problems they are having are the parents arguing or aren't feeling well, not the financial reasons," she said.

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:37 November 25, 2010 by asee
is it good thing or bad?
16:16 November 25, 2010 by Ranjit T Edward
"The children say that the problems they are having are the parents arguing or aren't feeling well, not the financial reasons," she said.

That last line says it all. The family unit has gone to smithereens in Sweden. Adults who are supposed to be responsible for the children who they bring into this world have become self centred mutts.
17:41 November 25, 2010 by Swedesmith
There is a bumper sticker that I've seen on a few cars in the states that reads, "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."
18:00 November 25, 2010 by Ranjit T Edward
Precisely! We need a sticker in Swedish with the same message!
18:03 November 25, 2010 by spidernik84
@Ranjit T Edward: the family unit is going to smithereens in many parts of the world, actually.
19:46 November 25, 2010 by Ranjit T Edward
It is Spidernik, but it seems like sweden is in a hurry to get there...
20:35 November 25, 2010 by TwoToTango
I would support implementing the death penalty for anyone caught brandishing a bumper-sticker of any kind. I hate those things.
20:48 November 25, 2010 by Ranjit T Edward
oops! this calls for some discreet bumper sticker distribution...
22:56 November 25, 2010 by omphus
How could this happe....oh wait.
22:57 November 25, 2010 by asian123
no job , no money , just want to sit at home do not want to do job

just come to sweden and breed as many children as you can

there will rain of money on you.
00:38 November 26, 2010 by glamelixir
Oh wait... so the kinds are suppose to make an economical analysis of the household? What were they expecting from a child's answer????

Nobody thought about the parents arguing or being frustrated because they can't come into the job market or so?

Please, the Local seems more and more brainless to me...
07:14 November 26, 2010 by Douglas Garner
The only thing I see on this page more brainless than this article is the comments!
07:28 November 26, 2010 by isenhand
hmm ... we should see a knock on effect of this in an increase in crimes and drug abuse. Looks like things have started to progress much as expected.
19:00 November 26, 2010 by lewis1987
@Asian 123

i saw ur comments on last article about somalian guy also here again criticizing people.. u gatta change boy, u really have a poisoned mind!!!
17:46 November 27, 2010 by jimthat
but why not help these children and their parents .they are swedish people who are bringing new swedes on the country .anyway much better than those who stay in this world and dont reproduce .those are the ones who commit the known genetical suicide that is puttng down the europeans own people .and of course that give place to replacement with not very good looking and exotic foreing people .if every swedish couple would have 6 or 7 children like it was normal in pre feminist times sweden would have 30 million in a term of only one generation about 20 years and most important all of swedish origin . then sweden would a very bigger contry anyway i think instead of dilapidating fortunes in fattenig and breeding foreing newcomers who only complain and critise us that would be much positive
22:52 November 27, 2010 by asian123
this is the future sweden.


13:28 December 9, 2010 by Johnny Steping
give the children real help with supervision

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