Opposition calls for review of public agency spending
Following a series of media revelations of spending irregularities at public agencies, the opposition Social Democrats are calling for an official review of the situation.
In recent weeks the newspaper Dagens Nyheter has revealed the price tags for several expensive parties at luxury hotels, spa visits, wine-tasting and mistakes in claiming VAT refunds at a series of authorities, including the intelligence division of the police.
Now the chair of parliament’s Justice Committee, Social Democrat Morgan Johansson, wants a review of all public agencies.
He rejects comments made by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in a recent speech that the irregularities concern only a few unrelated incidents. Johansson tells Dagens Nyheter “A pattern is emerging. The public is seeing a picture of a government that can’t administer taxpayers’ money.”
But Christian Democrat Stefan Attefall, who as Minister for Public Administration is responsible for the nation’s official agencies, dismisses the criticism. “We have monitoring agencies like the National Audit Office and internal auditing at all authorities. Does Morgan Johansson mean we should reject them and create a brand new system?”