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Elderly couples may be given right to joint accommodation

Published onsdag 18 april 2012 kl 19.35
Minister for the Elderly, Maria Larsson. Photo: Erik Mårtensson/Scanpix

The Minister for the Elderly, Maria Larsson, wants to force municipalities to guarantee elderly couples the right to live together until the end of their days, even if one of the spouses is in need of professional care and cannot live at home any more.

A third of the municipalities already offer this, but in the rest of the country couples have no right to live together. But if the government gets its way, all municipalities will have to comply from the 1st of November.

According to Maria Larsson, this does not concern many people in practice. Therefore the municipalities will not need more resources to implement the guarantee, she says.

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