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Center Party wants welfare cuts and funding for police

Published torsdag 28 april 2016 kl 11.37
Centerpartiets partiledare Annie Lööf under en tidigare presskonferens.
The Center Party is led by Annie Lööf (pictured). Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The opposition Center Party wants to cut unemployment benefits and spend billions on training more police.

As the Center Party presented its shadow spring budget on Thursday, party leader Annie Lööf said the current red-green government is failing to save money despite the Swedish economy experiencing fast growth.

Lööf's party would lower the daily unemployment pay to a maximum of SEK 800. The Center party pointed to research suggesting this would encourage more people to seek jobs and would get 11,000 people into work.

The Center Party also wants to spend less on housing refugees and says more children could be placed in family homes. The party says Sweden's refugee policy is designed for different times, and that there is room for SEK 22.8 billion in cuts.

According to the Center Party, Sweden needs more police to make its citizens feel safer and an additional SEK 2.4 billion should be invested in training 2,000 police officers. Recent terrorist attacks have shown how vulnerable our society is, Lööf said, adding that the opposition parties are united in wanting to strengthen the police force.

The Center Party would also spend more on the tax break known in Swedish as the RUT-avdrag to help people use household services, like cleaners.

The Center Party grew out of the Swedish farmers' social movement, and is now part of the centre-right Alliance. It gained 6.1 percent of the vote in the 2014 election.

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