Approx. SEK 105.7 billion from the central government budget for 2021 is to go to the expenditure area Labour Market and Working Life. Most of the money, approx. SEK 52.9 billion, will go towards unemployment benefits and activity support. Approx. SEK 20.5 billion will go towards wage subsidies and Samhall, etc.
The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal. The proposal is based on an agreement between the Social Democratic Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Green Party.
The Riksdag decides on the central government budget in two stages. First, the framework is decided on for the 27 expenditure areas in the budget. This was decided by the Riksdag on 25 November 2020. After this, the second step is for the Riksdag to decide how the money is to be distributed inside each expenditure area. This decision is step two in the decision-making process.
The Riksdag also voted in favour of the Government's proposal on amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act. One of the effects of this will be that temporary legislative amendments on account of COVID-19 are to be extended until 1 January 2023.
The Riksdag also voted in favour of a legislative amendment that will enable certificates to be issued for the possibility to apply for work in Great Britain and Northern Ireland while retaining the current levels of compensation. The background to this is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. The decision is the result of a committee initiative, which means that the proposal was introduced in the Committee on the Labour Market and was not based on a government bill or a private member's motion. The amendment will come into force on 1 January 2021.