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Many Swedish ex-parliamentarians continue to live on benefits
Monday, 14 May 2012
parliamentarians come up with various modes on how to force us to take
any job when we become unemployment, parliamentarians in Sweden instead
tend to rely on benefits and hand outs when they become unemployed.
election when some parliamentarian where booted out of the more than a
third of these ex-members of parliament are still supported by the
taxpayer according to a research carried out by Swedish television.
123 members of
parliament saw their careers ended after the 2010 election. Of those,
37 percent, 45 persons are still receiving guaranteed income from
parliament in April this year, reports Swedish television
Guarantee is paid to MPs who lost their jobs before age 65 after having
served in the parliament for least three consecutive years. The first
year they are paid 80 percent of their previous salary every month.
People who have spent some time in the Parliament may continue to
receive guaranteed income for even more years, the amount depends on
how long the ex-member has been sitting in parliament.
The aim is to
provide financial security for MPs who leave their seats. As a former
member of parliament, other revenue decreases or ceases as there
becomes the income guarantee implemented.
The system has
been severely criticized. Critics say, among other things, that there
are no incentives for retiring MPs to acquire new job, they ted to live
well allowing themselves to be supported by the income guarantee.
television also interviewed Green party’s Mikael Johansson, who sat in
parliament a short tine in the parliament in 2010. He now receives
Skr37 677 a month in guaranteed income.
“I really have
not applied for any job at all,” he told Swedish television relating to
the one and a half years that have passed since he left parliament.
MP spokesman Gustav Fridolin is not satisfied with his party colleague's attitude.
“There are better things to use our tax money for,” says Fridolin.
should not live in a different reality than what we represent. We have
asked for income guarantee to ends after say two years.”
When Gustav Fridolin ended in Parliament in 2006 he relinquished himself from taking part of the income guarantee.
Ex-MPs from the
Left Party and the Social Democrats are said to be the ones who use
these extensive guarantees more after political retirement. But
gradually, more representatives of the alliance parties are getting
into it too.
Parliament has appointed a committee to review the rules for how the income guarantee could be better awarded and improved.
By Scancomark.se Team
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