Housemaid debate

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Some people referred to household employments of older days.

The housemaid debate [1] or maid debate is a political discussion in Sweden.[2] It begun on 18 July 1993 when Swedish economist Anne-Marie Pålsson proposed tax deductions for household services.[3][4]

Many right-wing politicians supported the proposal. They thought it would reduce unreported employment. Many left-wing politicians expressed negative thoughts. They said it would increase social class gaps. The left-wing politicians pointed to the time before the 1970s, when many girls were employed to live-in and work for wealthier families. The discussion has later reappeared. Often, it has reappeared during elections in Sweden.[5]

Tax deductions, so called RUT deductions for household services, were introducd in Sweden on 1 July 2007.[6] That was during the centre-right Reinfeldt cabinet.

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  1. G. Forsberg (13 July 1993). "Occupational sex segregation in a 'woman-friendly' society -- the case of Sweden" (PDF). Environment and Planning. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  2. Swedish: Pigdebatten
  3. Paul O'Mahony (16 September 2010). "Maids in Sweden". Local. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  4. Elin Kvist, Maria Carbin, Hannele Harjunen. "Domestic Services or Maid" (PDF). Qung. Retrieved 23 January 2015.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. Folket, 17 November 2001 - Köpa städhjälp eller inte debatteras på Faktorimuseet
  6. Lovisa Sköld (2009). "Hushållsnära tjänster – mest för höginkomsttagare" (PDF) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 29 February 2012.