Families and Social Policy

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A comparative view of family policy

  • China's one-child policy - In China, the government's population control policy has aimed to discourage couples from having more than one child. The policy is supervised by workplace family planning committees; women must seek their permission to try to become pregnant, and there is often both a waiting list and a quota for each factory. Couples who comply with the policy get extra benefits, such as free child healthcare and higher tax allowances. An only child will also get priority in education and housing later in life. Couples who break their agreement to have only one child must repay the allowances and pay a fine. Women face pressure to undergo sterilisation


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