Socialist Left’s proposal to increase unemployment benefits during the crisis rejected by Erna Solberg

Erna SolbergPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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Norway’s Socialist Left Party (SV) wanted the government to both increase unemployment benefits and raise the ceiling for housing benefits. But Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) believes that the current arrangements are already very favorable.

“For many unemployed and laid-off people… there is only one thing that can ease their situation a little, and that is to give the unemployed and laid-off people a little more to live on,” SV leader Audun Lysbakken said.

He pointed out, among other things, that the high electricity prices make it extra difficult for those who are already struggling.

In the Norwegian parliament (Storting) on Wednesday, he asked Solberg to increase unemployment benefits to give the unemployed and laid-off around NOK 1,500 more per month.

For her part, Solberg pointed out that the crisis measures have adequately secured the unemployed and laid off. 

“It is much higher than normal and one of the best compensation schemes we have ever had,” she emphasized.

“It does not help those who are struggling to hear that the Prime Minister thinks that the schemes are favorable,” Lysbakken replied. 

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

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