Jan Björklund. Foto: Janerik Henriksson/TT.
Jan Björklund. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT.

Liberals to support government in scrapping child care allowance

The child care allowance in Sweden is likely to be scrapped, after the leader of the opposition Liberals said that his party would support to the minority government's proposal.

"The child care allowance has meant above all that immigrant women with a low level of education have chosen to stay away from the labor market. That's unfortunate, because it's exactly that group that needs to get into the labor market," Jan Björklund, the Liberals' leader, told Swedish Radio News.

The party has also decided to go against the other parties in the opposition Alliance, the conservative Moderates, the Christian Democrats and the Center party, to vote yes to a coming government proposal to reallocate parental leave so that fathers take another month off.

However, Björklund downplays talk about a split within the four-party, centre-right Alliance, saying that there are several proposals where people see that the different Alliance parties vote differently, and that there's nothing strange about that.

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