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Employment service hit by snap election

Published måndag 8 december 2014 kl 19.36
The investigator Agneta Dreber will not carry out the job ordered by the previous government. Photo: Jessica Gow och Fredrik Sandberg/TT

The Employment Service has been hit by the political turmoil, with reform plans shelved, and an internal investigator forced to resign.

Swedish Radio news has learned the newly appointed investigator, Agneta Dreber, will not be able to carry out her oversight of the agency’s role.

The Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) is the state body responsible for finding work for the unemployed. The last government also made it responsible for getting new immigrants started in Sweden. But the agency has been under heavy criticism and staff report threats, as sick pay changes have meant more ill people in the unemployment system.

On Monday the Agency said it was shelving plans to close 100 offices, due to uncertainty over who would be in government after the snap election of 22 March.

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