At least five politicians have to repay severance pay that they got from the Norwegian parliament

Gunnar GundersenPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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At least five former members of the Norwegian parliament (Storting) must repay the severance pay they received from the Storting after they resigned after the previous Storting election, according to the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). 

On Monday, DN reported that former Progress Party (FRP) representative Jan Arild Ellingsen had received more than NOK 800,000 in severance pay since he resigned. He had informed the Storting that he did not have a job while he actually ran a consulting company.

The newspaper has now identified four more former representatives who have received severance pay without telling the Storting that they also had work and income. They will have to repay the money.

The four are Gunnar Gundersen from the Conservative Party (H), Truls Wickholm from the Labor Party (AP), Anne Tingelstad Wøien from the Center Party (SP), and Harald Tom Nesvik from the FRP.

All four apologized and told the newspaper that they are in dialogue with the Storting to pay back the money and correct the mistake.

For up to three months after leaving their post, retired representatives can receive severance pay corresponding to their full remuneration. Income and work must be reported so that the Storting can consider a reduction.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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