As a result of the coronavirus, the Riksdag has voted mainly in favour of the Government's proposal on amendments to the central government budget for 2020.
Among the effects of the amendments are that the state will temporally assume responsibility for three quarters of staff who have been laid off in the short term, that the state will assume responsibility for sick pay for two months, that the deduction for qualifying days will be temporarily abolished and that municipalities and regions will be compensated for extraordinary measures and added expenses concerning health and medical care. The amendments in the budget also entail additional contributions to the relevant central government agencies, an increase in disease carrier allowances and the introduction of the possibility to amend the regulations for study allowances and education entry grants when on leave.
Most of the amendments will come into force on 7 April and some will apply from 16 March 2020.
The Riksdag considers that the interest for companies that have been granted a deferral of payment of taxes is too high and that the Government should promptly get back to the Riksdag with a proposal to reduce the interest. The Riksdag therefore calls on the Government to act on this by way of an announcement.
The Government may only submit extra amending budgets if it considers that there are special reasons to do so. The effects of the coronavirus on society constitute such reasons according to the Government and the Riksdag's assessment is not in any way different from that of the Government.