Seven out of ten Norwegian municipalities plan to cut their budgets for 2021

Bykle MunicipalityPhoto: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB
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As many as seven out of ten Norwegian municipalities have considered, planned, or implemented cuts in municipal services in their budgets for next year.

Seven out of ten municipalities have assessed or implemented a reduction in their municipal services, according to newspaper Klassekampen.

The most vulnerable sectors are health and care, primary and lower secondary schools, and after-school care. 

Seven out of ten municipalities are considering reducing the offer in these large municipal sectors.

Several measures

Among the measures that the municipalities have introduced to cut expenses there are layoffs of employees, school closures, and cuts in services such as physiotherapists and dementia coordinators.

Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet) leader Mette Nord told the newspaper that municipal services are already under heavy pressure due to the corona measures. 

Nord pointed out that the cuts will affect children, the elderly, and the sick.

The figures appear in a survey Sentio has carried out for Fagforbundet.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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