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Pensioners weigh in on how much budget will affect them

Published onsdag 20 september 2017 kl 14.25
Retiree: I'll use the extra money for fuel
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The new budget includes tax breaks for many pensioners.
The new budget includes tax breaks for many pensioners. Credit: Anders Wiklund/TT

The Social Democrat-led government promised tax cuts for a majority of pensioners in the budget submitted to Parliament today, but do pensioners think they will benefit in any real way?

"I can buy more petrol for my car. Fuel is expensive", says one person we talked to. But he thinks the housing problem is more important.

Radio Sweden spoke to retired people in central Stockholm to find out how they were planning to use the extra money, up to SEK 410, and whether the savings would be significant for them.

The government is also raising the housing supplement for lower income pensioners. According to a calculation by the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, a pensioner who makes a little less than SEK 17,000 per month will benefit most from these measures, combining to give them about SEK 850 more per month in their wallet.

Pensioners who have a monthly income of SEK 35,000  or more will not benefit from the tax cuts.

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