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New Authority to Monitor Sweden’s Weflare Payments

Published onsdag 3 september 2008 kl 10.35

The Swedish center-right government has announced plans to create a new super-body authority to monitor the payments for social welfare, sick leave, pensions, child allowance and other welfare expenses.

The government argues that these payments totally 70 billion dollars a year is the biggest part of the national budget. It also points out that the payments are often crucial for the families and individuals involved - and that it’s essential that they are correct.

The new, still unnamed authority is to start functioning in the middle of next year.

However, some critics point out that the new government promised to reduce the number of state authorities when they ousted the Social Democrats from power two years ago.

Others claim that existing state authorities could carry out sufficient controls and that the social welfare authorities own internal monitoring systems have been functioning well without the need to create a new super body.

The government argues that these payments totally 70 billion dollars a year is the biggest part of the national budget.

It also points out that the payments are often crucial for the families and individuals involved - and that it’s essential that they are correct.

The new, still unnamed authority is to start functioning in the middle of next year.

However, some critics point out that the new government promised to reduce the number of state authorities when they ousted the Social Democrats from power two years ago.

Others claim that existing state authorities could carry out sufficient controls and that the social welfare authorities own internal monitoring systems have been functioning well without the need to create a new super body.

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