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The number of poor children in Sweden increased by 28 000 as politicians remain oblivious 

Wednesday, 14 March 2012
The number of poor children in Sweden has increased by 28,000 since last year. Children charity, Save the Children in its annual report on poverty presented on Wednesday shows that 13 per cent, 248 000 children are poor, compared with 11.5 percent the year before.

This will come as a kick in the teeth for Swedish policy makers and politicians who remain insulated from such situation with planned bumper pays while policies relating to the vulnerable in the society such as children are persistently undermined.

Also Sweden’s credibility as one of the leading societies that take good care of its children will now come into scrutiny questioning the tenet of the high taxes and the so called welfare state.

“It requires a battery of policy measures and a focus on the most vulnerable group, lone parents, in order to eliminate child poverty,” writes Elisabeth Dahlin and Agneta Aslund of of Save the Children to the debate page of the Swedish daily, Swedish Dagbladet

So far more hot air from politicians and no concrete measures. Since last year when the report presented then indicated persistent increased in child poverty in ten years, the development has thus continued meaning politicians are oblivious of anything to be done to deal with it.

Many things in the past year has been done in the issue of child poverty and economic exclusion but it has not led to any concrete action, writes Elisabeth Dahlin and Agneta Aslund.

“What parent can do with Skr180 a day, which is the level of parental insurance remains obscure and a question that begs answering.

Save the Children points among others including that maintenance allowance has only risen by Skr100 since 1997.

In practice this means a watering down of the support, writes Dahlin and ┼hlund.
They advocate for a family policy that ensures an adequate economic level for all children. “Without a sustainable strategy otherwise we risk to get back to levels from the 1990s, when child poverty in Sweden was more than 20 percent,” they write.
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