Ministry of Social Affairs: 190,000 laid off and unemployed people in Norway will lose holiday pay

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New figures from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs show that 190,000 laid-off and unemployed people will lose holiday pay next summer due to the Solberg government’s cuts.

Those who receive unemployment benefits are not entitled to earn holiday pay in the same way as employed people. Still, during the corona crisis, a temporary scheme was put in place for such cases.

The Solberg government’s proposal for the state budget for next year proposed to tighten the scheme. According to figures from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, around 190,000 people who have received unemployment benefits for less than 25 weeks this year will not be entitled to holiday pay next year, after the tightening. The other 100,000 will have their payout reduced for various reasons.

The Labor Party (AP) and the Center Party (SP) have not proposed reversing the measure in their supplementary proposal to the state budget. 

It would cost NOK 1.6 billion to reverse the planned cuts.

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

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