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Politician suggests cutting child benefit. “We want to make people responsible for their own life choices,” says FrP man. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, head of the Progress Party’s (FrP) Oslo constituency, wants to save the Norwegian state up to five billion kroner a year. He suggests removing the right to child benefit for couples earning more than a million kroner, and limiting it to families with up to two children.Down to the parents Statistics from Statistics Norway (SSB) show that each Norwegian woman has an average of 1.98 children.

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Politician suggests cutting child benefit

Published on Tuesday, 13th April, 2010 at 11:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

“We want to make people responsible for their own life choices,” says FrP man.

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Lovin' the pram
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Christian Tybring-Gjedde, head of the Progress Party’s (FrP) Oslo constituency, wants to save the Norwegian state up to five billion kroner a year. He suggests removing the right to child benefit for couples earning more than a million kroner, and limiting it to families with up to two children.

Down to the parents

Statistics from Statistics Norway (SSB) show that each Norwegian woman has an average of 1.98 children.

But excluding those who don’t, each child-bearing woman has more than two on average.

The fertility rate has also gone up in the last seven years, and Norwegian women are amongst the most fertile in Europe.

Tybring-Gjedde believes it’s time to reign in the annual cost of child benefit, making the parents accountable instead.

“We want to make people responsible for their own life choices. You have to take the consequences of having children yourself,” he tells Dagsavisen.

Time for change

Tybring-Gjedde also says though he doubts it’s a widespread problem, this will stop couples exploiting the system by having more children.

“If you can’t afford more children, you shouldn’t be allowed to have them either.”

At next weekend’s Party Conference, FrP will also be discussing means-testing parents. Couples that earn more than one million kroner would lose the right to child benefit if the Party’s proposal is adopted.

But Per Sandberg, the Party’s Deputy Chairman, thinks this is a very difficult issue and is negative to cutting child benefit, even though FrP also suggests increasing the present level by 10 percent.

“I completely agree that not everyone needs child benefit, and believe there is broad political agreement about it. However, evaluating and changing the system is long overdue,” he says.



Published on Tuesday, 13th April, 2010 at 11:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: frp, progress, party, oslo, child, benefit, cuts, christian, tybring-gjedde, per, sandberg.





  
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