Frp will have upper limit for social security

NAV office, where unemployed and job seekers goes for support.NAV. Photo: Norway Today Media

The Fremskrittsparti (Frp)is concerned that receiving public benefits is more profitable than working, and wants to set an upper limit on social security.

‘’It should never pay to stand outside working life,’’ said Sivert Bjørnstad, fiscal spokesperson of Frp, to Klassekampen newspaper.

He believes it is legitimate to be outside the workplace if one is sick or injured, so that one cannot then earn as much as if one had been in
working life.

The proposal, which must first be submitted in March 2020, is headed by the parliamentary representative, Erlend Wiborg.

On questions from Klassekampen about whether such a boundary could have major consequences, for example for a single mother, Wiborg answered that there will be welfare schemes that take care of those who fall outside.

‘’But there is no reason why the single mother should get more than the other single mothers who are actually in work. It’s unfair,’’ he said.

Wiborg hopes the proposal has been well received by other parties, especially Arbeiderpartiet (Ap). But Ap’s fiscal spokesperson, Rigmor Aasrud, is sceptical.

‘’It sounds like a bureaucratic and less user-friendly arrangement. You drive people into a funnel without considering that they are different and have different needs,’’ she told the newspaper.

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