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riksdag members

Proposal to cut politicians' benefits

Published onsdag 9 november 2011 kl 10.54
Talks are underway in the Swedish parliament (Riksdagen). Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix.

The Centre and Green Party want to cut the time that former politicians can be state-supported after leaving parliament.

Former members of the Riksdag get an 'income guarantee' of 80 per cent of their pay for one year, and then a reduced amount for a length of time based on their age. Some can receive state support for as long as 15 years.

After recent criticism of the system all parties are agreed that change needs to come. But speaking to Swedish Radio News the Moderate Party's Anna Batra says that it is too early to go into the details. So far only the Greens and Centre have made concrete proposals.

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