Fear of falling in love

July 8th, 2013

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Efforts by social welfare authorities to pursue benefit fraud have resulted in many unmarried people, particularly senior citizens and single parents, foregoing relationships. Many welfare benefits are paid at a higher rate if the individual is not married, and local officials actively investigate whether recipients’ relationships disqualify them for the higher rate. The Social Affairs Ministry said it was drawing up clear guidelines for what could be considered a relationship. 



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