Moderates warn of increasing social exclusion
The opposition Moderate Party wants to increase spending on education in order to tackle social exclusion.
In its shadow spring budget presented today, the Moderate Party proposed SEK 2.8 billion to be spent on education as a way of getting to grips with social exclusion. Nearly half of that money would go towards introducing one additional hour of schooling per day for primary-school pupils (ages 6-9).
"The road to the Swedish society and to the labour market starts at school. And that starts early," Moderate Party Leader Anna Kinberg Batra told the news agency TT.
Kinberg Batra added that Swedish pupils have approximately one year less of taught hours in school compared with other similar OECD countries. She also stressed the fact that many of the newly-arrived immigrants lack secondary education, and as such risk a life-long social exclusion.
Social exclusion and how to tackle it was a recurring theme in the spring budget proposal. The economic spokesperson Ulf Kristersson pointed to 53 areas of segregation that have been mapped out by the police. Some of these, Kristersson said, are "almost lawless" areas where emergency services do not dare to go without police protection.
For that reason, the Moderate Party wants to invest SEK 250 million in training more policemen, increasing efforts against terrorism, and more places in custody centres for detaining migrants who are getting deported.
The biggest savings proposed in the budget include a SEK 6 billion cut to construction subsidies and a SEK 1.6 billion cut to employment measures.
The Moderate Party is the largest out of the centre-right Alliance parties, having gained 23.3 per cent of the votes in the 2014 general election. The Alliance parties have all presented their own, separate shadow budgets this spring.