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Drop in Sick Child Benefit

Updated 12:47 PM

There’s been a drop in parents claiming the national welfare benefit for staying home with a sick child.

The government says the 9 percent decrease since last year is because of the new system requiring preschools and schools provide written confirmation of the children’s absence. The underlying assumption is that some parents have been cheating.

But the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, which administers the compensation, isn’t willing to go that far. A spokesman says kids might just be in better health, or many parents may not be claiming the benefit because the paperwork involved is just too complicated to be worth the bother.

And the agency’s statistics also reveal an even larger decline in those staying home with sick kids in the years before the new system was introduced.

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