SEK 11 billion extra proposed to help with refugee situation

The government proposed on Thursday injecting SEK 11 billion more into the budget, largely to help municipalities and civil society handle the refugee situation.

News agency TT reports that amending budgets are rare and that the added expenditures detailed in this one would be paid for by the state loaning more money.

"These extra funds in the budget for 2015 are primarily the result of the measures that the parties agreed to on 23 October in response to the refugee situation," Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson of the Social Democrats stated in a government press release.

SEK 9.8 billion would go to increasing grants to local governments. Of that, Malmö would get the largest share, SEK 380 million, and Waxholm the least, SEK 800,000. But Norberg and Ljusnarsberg would get the most per capita, at over SEK 6,000 per resident.

SEK 200 million would go to support culture, media, religious communities and leisure activities, and SEK 961 million would be added to appropriations that cover allowances and housing costs for the rising number of asylum seekers.

If Parliament agrees to the government's proposal, the funds would likely be available starting next month.