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Government Delays Unemployment Cutback

Published onsdag 13 december 2006 kl 11.16
Stockholm Job Center

Sweden’s center-right government has delayed implementation of a controversial reform to lower unemployment benefits.

The delay is because of administrative problems in making the change from the beginning of the year, as previously intended. Instead, unemployment compensation will be reduced from early March.

However the plan to raise the fees paid by employees to cover the unemployment system is going ahead as scheduled from January 1st.

The changes have been widely opposed by labor unions, and the parties in the former center-left government.

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