Additional amending budget: Extended compensation in sickness insurance and support to companies, culture and sport as a result of corona

23 June 2021 klockan 11.00

The Government has presented a number of proposed measures as a result of the corona pandemic. According to one of these proposals, the strengthened support for short-time work schemes is to be extended by three months, until September 2021. This amendment will come into force on 29 June 2021.

Furthermore, the Government has also proposed amendments to the central government budget for 2021:

  • More money is to be earmarked for extending compensations within the area of sickness insurance and for sick pay costs.
  • Funds are to be allocated to expand redeployment support in general and redeployment support to certain types of companies.
  • Culture, sport and civil society will receive further support.
  • More money is to be earmarked for initiatives regarding vaccination to prevent the spread of infection.
  • The Government is to have the right to provide credit guarantees or to decide on a borrowing limit for the airline SAS.

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Riksdag called on the Government by way of three announcements to address shortcomings in the existing crisis support to companies. The Government should review

  • the rules regarding crisis support to self-employed entrepreneurs who have been on sick leave or parental leave
  • the rules regarding crisis support to companies that have received support from the National Council for Cultural Affairs during the pandemic
  • the degree of flexibility as regards the comparative month in rules concerning support to short-time work for activities with seasonal variations.