The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal on a ninth amending budget in response to the coronavirus outbreak which includes compensation to high-risk groups. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to take action regarding the future of Arlanda Airport.
The compensation to high-risk groups is in the form of a temporary, extended right to:
- sick pay as a preventive measure for individuals in high-risk groups who are unable to work from home;
- disease carrier allowances for family members in the same household as individuals in high-risk groups;
- temporary parental benefits for care of children who have recently been seriously ill.
The Government has also proposed capital investments in three state-owned companies: SAS, Swedavia and Lernia, as well as infrastructure measures connected with the current COVID-19 outbreak, including additional funding for ambulance air services and temporary support for the operation of regional airports. Funding to regional cultural activities is a further measure.
The measures proposed by the Government mean that central government expenditure will increase by SEK 16.3 billion. In addition to this sum, the Riksdag decided to increase the appropriation, among other things for sick pay, by SEK 200 million, which means a total expenditure increase of SEK 16.5 billion.
The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to take action regarding the future of Arlanda Airport. The Riksdag considers that it is crucial for our competitiveness that we have good flight connections within and outside the country, and that a continued expansion of Arlanda Airport is important for jobs and growth throughout Sweden.