KrF wants cash support for the elderly

Minister of Children and Families Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (Christian Democratic Party).Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

Kristelig Folkeparti (Christian People’s Party) wants a new scheme and proposes a study into cash support for the elderly so that relatives can provide care for their elderly.

We need a more forward-looking welfare offering, where we assume that people are different and can make their own choices. A cash support scheme will recognise the role of relatives. It can no longer be the case that there is only one choice, and that it is the municipal care, writes the Minister of Children, Family and Church Affairs Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (KrF) in an email to NTB.

He wants the scheme to be designed for families who, for a shorter or longer period, want or need to take care of their elderly parents. It is not intended to replace, but to supplement, existing schemes.

A good public offering in the municipalities will still be the most important, according to Ropstad, who also claims that such a model will be neither expensive nor bureaucratic.

It should be a prerequisite for the family to take care of themselves – rather than the public doing it. This is not something that should or will solve all the challenges for families or the community, but I think this may be a desirable alternative for some groups for limited periods.

Ropstad looks at Germany, which has introduced a version of cash support and suggests that an investigation can look at the experience from there.

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