Minister of Labour Anniken Hauglie will change the rules so that it will no longer be possible to receive social security abroad when you’re wanted by the police.
The Minister of Labour responds to a story in the newspaper Dagbladet where a 58 year old husband who has received social benefits because of a disability, still receives social benefits in Syria after he eluded criminal prosecution in 2014 when he was charged with sexual intercourse with a child in his care.
Minister of Labour Anniken Hauglie said the case “goes against the normal interpretation of the law” and will now start the process of changing the regulations. Nav may not pursuant to the Act of national insurance halt disability allowances to persons who are on the run, or require that the money be deposited in a specific bank account.
– It is obvious that we should establish rules to stop the payments of social benefits in cases like this, Hauglie says.
Police canceled the man’s passport and got the court to freeze all his assets in the bank. A monthly disability allowance of 15,000 kroner was until last September paid to the man’s Norwegian account, where they were inaccessible to him. The man, however, contacted Nav and requested for the money to be put into a private Syrian bank where Norwegian authorities would not be able to restrain the funds.
– We understand that the police finds this difficult, but if we are to do anything in these types of cases, we need a court order or instruction from higher authorities, Magne Fladby. section chief of the directorate of Labour and Welfare, says to the newspaper Dagbladet.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today