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Maaseudun Tulevaisuus - Finland | Monday, March 5, 2012

Saving at the expense of families

Finland's government plans to cut support of 300 euros per month to parents who don't put children under three in a daycare, limiting the coverage to children under two. The government is economising at the expense of families and communities, the liberal daily Maaseudun Tulevaisuus writes: "The state will save umpteen million euros per year. ... But for the communities the cuts mean far higher expenses. Each child has a legal right to a place in a daycare. ... This radical cut in childcare support is being justified with the argument that more people will enter the active job market. How many posts remained unfilled because of the childcare support? Those behind the cuts also forget that the support is entirely voluntary. No one's forced to remain at home, but freedom of choice is strengthened. However the freedom of choice of young families seems to be the last thing the government has on its mind."

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