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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Swedish: Pigdebatten
  3. Paul O'Mahony (16 September 2010). "Maids in Sweden". Local. Retrieved 23 January 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Elin Kvist, Maria Carbin, Hannele Harjunen. "Domestic Services or Maid" (PDF). Qung. Retrieved 23 January 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. "Folket, 17 November 2001 - Köpa städhjälp eller inte debatteras på Faktorimuseet". Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  6. Lovisa Sköld (2009). "Hushållsnära tjänster – mest för höginkomsttagare" (PDF) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 29 February 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)