Children in families that are on basic benefits are often more isolated. Photo: Archive
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More children face long periods of poverty

The number of children living in families who only receive basic benefits has risen, for the fifth year in a row, reports Swedish radio news.

'Economic support' is the lowest level of social support in the Swedish system, for those who do not qualify for unemployment or sickness insurance payments. Now over 54,000 children are at this level for long periods - an increase of 10,000 since 2006.

In northern Stockholm's Rinkeby-Kista district Annelie Sjöberg has been researching this issue since 2001. She says to Swedish radio news that children who live on social support will face problems in later life, being excluded from mainstream life, including work life, due to poverty.

And Nina Willborg at Rinkeby-Kista social services says to Swedish radio news that in the past social problems were the most common cause for people depending on basic benefits, but that now it is usually simply unemployment.

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