Minister criticizes NAV for telling applicant he could do without electricity: “Nobody should receive such a letter”

Torbjørn Røe IsaksenPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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The Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration (NAV) asked an applicant to manage without electricity – now the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (H) says that no one should receive such letters from the NAV.

“I understand well that people are reacting (to the letter). I am, too,” Røe Isaksen said.

The letter he responds to is NAV’s response to an application for financial aid that has received a lot of attention. The decision is signed by NAV Indre Østfold and dated June 9.

The applicant asked for help to pay the electricity bill after the power was cut off. In NAV’s answer, it is stated that since the weather is hot, the person should be able to do without electricity. 

In addition, the NAV noted that the applicant could cook with a borrowed barbecue and borrow money from friends to get the electricity bill paid faster, according to the letter.

Isaksen: No one should receive such letters

“Nobody should receive such a letter from the NAV,” Isaksen said.

“NAV will follow up on this. The NAV director has already confirmed this, and it is completely in line with what I expect,” he added.

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

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