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Minister of Social Affairs Annika Strandhäll (S) is conducting a study to review housing subsidies and maintenance support. Stock Photography.
Almost every third family with a housing allowance is subject to reimbursement.
Now the government wants to make sure that the debt gets less.
For many parents, especially single people, with a low income, the housing allowance is an important source of income.
But almost a third of households with a housing allowance suffer from reimbursement claims when the year is over. On average it is about 700 SEK.
"It is incredible money for these families," says Minister of Social Affairs Annika Strandhäll (S).
The reason why so many are required for reimbursement and the risk is being blamed is that the right to rent allowance is assessed on the expected income for the coming year.
"If you are unemployed in January, looking for rent subsidy and then get a job in March, you can end up in a huge debt burden", says Strandhäll.
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Strandhäll argues that there are also a large number of people who are eligible for rent allowance, but who do not dare to seek because of the repayment risk.
That is why the government is now conducting a study to see how the system for calculating the rent allowance can be improved. According to Strandhäll, this is possible because employers start reporting monthly data to the Swedish tax authorities from 2019 onwards.
The research will also look at the maintenance support that the Social Insurance Fund pays out to single parents. The support, equal to everyone, is given when the parent who does not live with the child does not pay a maintenance allowance.
The maintenance allowance is calculated according to the needs of the child, which according to Strandhäll means that many of these children receive more maintenance than the children who receive the approved maintenance support.
The mission's mission is to see if, for example, the support structure for state maintenance needs to change, so that more attention is paid to the needs of the child.
"The housing subsidy and the maintenance support form the basis of the economic family policy in Sweden," says Strandhäll.
"When we look at single parents, every fifth crown for which they pay comes from housing aid premiums and maintenance support.