More family constellations to be entitled to parental allowance

Published: 21 November 2018 at 16.30

Updated: 21 November 2018 at 17.04

The cohabiting partner of a parent will be able to receive a parental allowance without the requirement to have been previously married to or to have children in common with the parent. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Today, a parent may transfer days for which parental allowance apply – that is, money an insured person can receive for being at home with a child instead of for example working or studying – to his or her cohabiting partner. This is on condition that the parent and the cohabiting partner either have or have had children together or have been married. The Government's proposal means that the requirement that they have been previously married or have children in common is to be removed from their parental insurance and that the status of a parent's cohabiting partner is thereby to be equated with that of a parent. It has also been proposed that entitlement to parental leave from work should be adapted in a similar way. It is proposed that the amendment should come into force on 1 July 2019 with certain transitional provisions.

The Government also proposes that 9 days should be reserved for each parent as regards parental allowance at the basic level, which is paid out for example to parents who have no income or a low income. Today, the reserved period only applies to parental allowance at the sickness benefit level, which is the highest level of parental allowance. The Committee on Social Insurance considers that parental insurance should provide opportunities for free choice in families and make it possible for them to spend more time together, as well as being flexible, and believes that the Government's proposal is going in the opposite direction. The Committee therefore proposes that the Riksdag says no to the Government's proposal and yes to proposals given in three motions.