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"Too many ill forced onto welfare benefits"

Published fredag 4 november 2011 kl 09.00
"Too many ill forced onto welfare benefits"
(2:10 min)
The state's insurance system logo is seen above. Photo: Scanpix Montage

All Swedes too ill to work should be compensated through the state's insurance system, and not be forced to live on social benefits. That's one recommendation by a large scale government investigation into the social welfare system, reports Swedish Radio News.

The system has been significantly reformed in recent years under Sweden's right-of-centre government.

The rules for accessing funds from the state's insurance system, into which workers pay a regular contribution, was changed in 2008. The reform struck off many people who had not worked or not worked long enough to access the insurance. This was done regardless of whether they had been sick long-term or not.

They were instead directed to the social benefits system.

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