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The Moderate party women's association, Moderatkvinnorna, has called for taxes to be cut for single parents in Sweden. The minister of health and social affairs, Göran Hägglund, is sceptical of the idea.
Every fifth single mum is classified as poor in Sweden.
"This is a social problem that we have to do something about," said member of parliament Magdalena Andersson, Moderatkvinnorna's chairperson, to Svenska Dagbladet.
The proposal is designed to help children in poor families and could be worth 5,000 kronor ($836)-10,000 kronor per year for a single parent. For those on an income of 252,000 kronor, a 10,000 kronor tax allowance would mean an extra 3,144 kronor in the pockets of hard-up parents.
The new tax allowance would cost the exchequer 1-1.5 billion kronor, if all single parents received the bonus regardless of income.
Minister of health and social affairs, Göran Hägglund, is sceptical.
"I believe that one should think twice before introducing a tax allowance that would mean it would be financially beneficial for a person co-habiting with another to separate, in reality or on paper, to improve their tax situation," said Hägglund.