Today was a proposal about a mandatory unemployment benefit scheme handed over to Minister of Labor Sven Otto Littorin. But already has the suggestion about a mandatory scheme stirred up massive critique.
Special investigator Sören Öman suggests that there should be a mandatory unemployment benefit scheme introduced in 2010. People who do not belong to an unemployment benefit scheme shall pay a public fee. The system shall be governed by a new authority and the fee shall be 433 kronor per month, circa 5000 kronor per year.
In the proposal does Sören Öman conclude that the high cost will mean that people most certainly will go back to their old unemployment benefit schemes since that will cost less than the public scheme.
Since the center-right Government reorganized the rules for unemployment benefit schemes, putting a larger part of the costs on the individual than subsidizing it with tax money, has as many as 460.000 people left there schemes and now live without any unemployment insurances.
But the current proposal has not got a warm welcome. The resistance is almost total. Both employment organizations as labor unions go against the suggestion and the political opposition in the Left bloc are also negative. Not to speak about conservative editorials and bloggers. Many call it nothing else than a new tax. Even Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is skeptical.
– It would in fact mean that we force people back who have taken an independent decision to leave there unemployment benefit scheme, says Fredrik Reinfeldt to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
But despite this hesitation does he not want to make a final decision until the consultative body has responded on the proposal.