New economic proposal

Social Democrats want higher benefits and unemployment insurance

Increases in pensions and in benefits for children and the unemployed were proposed by the Social Democrats on Friday, along with other measures as the party came down on what leader Stefan Löfven sees as the centre-right government's "fantasy" predictions for the economy.

"The problems we face are here and now: an economic slump, high unemployment and a troublesome lack of youth employment. We have to act now, and not when it suits the government," Löfven said at a press conference.

He also criticised the government for not letting the Employment Agency use the 17 billion SEK it has refrained from using and returned to the government since 2007.

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