On 10 February 2023, Danish finance minister Nicolai Wammen presented a new agreement on financial assistance for people struggling amid inflation, a ‘winter inflation help package’. Public pensioners who will receive old-age checks in 2023 will be paid a tax-free extra financial support of DKK 5000. The plan approved by the government also provides 300 million kroner for economically vulnerable low-income families with children: three opposition parties, the Red Green Alliance, the Conservatives and Liberal Alliance, disagreed on this part as the families currently in receipt of the existing subsidy, known as ‘børnetilskud’, are not guaranteed to receive money from the 300-million-kroner fund after March 1st, when the current subsidy expires. The minister did not say whether families who lose the old subsidy on March 1st would receive the new inflation relief. Another opposition party, the Socialist People’s Party (SF) has agreed to vote for the deal but it was critical of the part providing funding to families. Nevertheless, SF finance spokesperson Lisbeth Bech-Nielsen praised a part of the agreement that adds an additional 100 million kroner to provide activities and outings for children from vulnerable backgrounds, as well as to buy essential items. The outgoing subsidy, børnetilskud, provides between 563 and 717 kroner per child per month (depending on the benefits received by parents): it was introduced in 2019 and is given to low-income families such as those receiving the lowest form of unemployment benefit, ‘kontanthjælp’.

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