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Report: cut study support for disabled students

Published lördag 20 juli 2013 kl 10.25

A government investigation recommends cutting support to disabled high school students. The report says instead all of those studying at this level (gymnasium in Swedish) should get SEK 9,760 a year. This would mean a cut from the 75,000 that disabled students currently get.

The head of the investigation, Lars Franzén, says to newspaper Dagens Nyheter that "it is not reasonable for these students to get seven times as much in pocket money than other high school students." He also says that this disability payment may cause a life-long dependence on benefits.

The Minister for Social Insurance, Ulf Kristersson, agrees that this disability payment has lived out its usefulness, and says that it does not encourage students to start working.

But the head of an association for people with disabilities says this is not the right move. "Our young people cannot look for jobs that don't exist," says Thomas Jansson, of Föreningen för barn, unga och vuxna med funktionsstörning, to Dagens Nyheter.

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