social security

Parents on long-term welfare may get help paying for children's mobile phone

The district of Jönköping is considering giving families on welfare more money so that their children can afford to buy their own mobile phone, reports news agency TT.

Parents with children over the age of 11 years, who have had welfare support for a longer period of time, will have the right to receive an additional US$ 10 dollars a month to pay for a mobile phone.

District commissioner Ilan de Basso told P4 Jönköping it is a step in the right direction.

"It is more and more common for children to own mobile phones. We need to take that into consideration when calculating how much welfare families should get", he says.

In the same proposal, the district will consider giving families on welfare extra support around Christmas and holidays.