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Again and again PHS are under the light

In the past months, several EU countries have opened discussion on the future of PHS supporting policies.

Since the beginning of 2017, several debates opened at national level on which public supporting measures should be implemented in the PHS sector. Thus, on two occasions the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) held discussion son how the PHS market should be publicly supported in order to ensure that it contributes to work-life balance and job creation.

In Germany, a pilot project has been launched in March in the region of Baden-Wuerttemberg. It allows employees living in the cities of Aalen and Heilbronn to benefit from a 8 euros voucher for every hour of PHS they externalised. The project will last two years and is coordinated by Stiftung Diakonie Württemberg.

In Sweden whereas the RUT-avdraget tax deduction for domestic services turned 10 on the 1st of July 2017, a coalition of party leaders called for its extension. Finally, in Italy the Buoni Lavoro has been replaced by the Libretto Famiglia voucher. It enables private households to hire workers performing domestic and care tasks for 12 euros per hour and within a limit of 5.000 euros per year.