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Reforms for increased welfare in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ areas of responsibility – the Budget Bill for 2022

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In the Budget Bill for 2022, the Government presents a range of proposals in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ areas of responsibility intended to increase welfare in Sweden.

Family week introduced and SEK 5 billion to strengthen health care

In the Budget Bill for 2022, the Government proposes allocating an additional SEK 5 billion to strengthen health care. This includes investments in gender-equal care and maternity care, investments in further training for health care staff and funds to health care to manage care that was postponed due to the pandemic. In the Budget Bill, the Government also announces the introduction of the ‘family week’ in 2022 to help make the everyday lives of families with children easier.

Continued preparedness to manage the COVID-19 pandemic

The Government proposes major investments to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, as it is still a major challenge in Sweden and around the world. This includes additional funds for vaccines and vaccinations, large-scale contact tracing and testing, and more funds to government agencies that have a central role in managing the pandemic. The Government also proposes extending the exemption in sickness insurance when care or rehabilitation is postponed, and extending the possibility of compensation when schools or preschools close.

Government proposes measures for a stronger society for all

In the Budget Bill for 2022, the Government proposes several initiatives to strengthen security for those with the greatest need of society’s support in their everyday lives. The Government proposes raising the guarantee level and raising the housing supplement in sickness compensation and activity compensation. It is proposed that maintenance support for single parents of children aged 7 to 10 be raised. The Budget Bill for 2022 also includes proposed measures to strengthen the right to assistance.

Long-term investment in National Board of Institutional Care for good and legally secure care and treatment

In the Budget Bill for 2022, the Government proposes increasing the appropriation to the National Board of Institutional Care (SiS) so that it can complete efforts such as raising the level of expertise and security in its activities. It is also proposed that SiS receive additional funding in light of the proposal on stricter penalties put forward by the 2020 Sexual Offences Inquiry.

Long-term funding of pollen monitoring in Sweden

In the Budget Bill for 2022, the Government proposes allocating SEK 15 million annually from 2022 to the Swedish Museum of Natural History to coordinate pollen monitoring in Sweden. This means that the Government is taking overall and long-term responsibility for funding and producing pollen forecasts throughout the country.

Substantial investments in the budget to prevent and combat men’s violence against women

Men’s violence against women must stop. This is a priority issue for the Government. In the Budget Bill for 2022, the Government proposes a range of measures to prevent and combat men’s violence against women and honour-based violence and oppression. This involves permanent funds and government grants, and a sheltered housing reform for adults and children who are subjected to violence.

Government extends mental health initiatives to 2024

In the Budget Bill for 2022, the Government proposes continued initiatives to strengthen mental health and suicide prevention efforts. For 2023 and 2024, the Government proposes that SEK 1.5 billion continue to be allocated annually to initiatives to develop and strengthen primary care’s efforts regarding mental health and mental illness.

Increased government grant to Swedish Family Care Competence Centre

In the Budget Bill for 2022, the Government proposes increasing the annual government grant to the Swedish Family Care Competence Centre (SFCCC) by SEK 5 million. The Swedish Family Care Competence Centre provides expert support to such actors as municipalities, regions and private care providers, and is to contribute to higher quality in support to relatives.

Major investments in welfare and care of older people

In the Budget Bill, the Government proposes major investments in welfare. Proposals for 2022 include a general increase in funding to municipalities and regions, a number of initiatives for higher quality in care for older people, free pneumococcal vaccinations for everyone over the age of 75 and investments in digital infrastructure. The Government intends to present these proposals to the Riksdag in the Budget Bill for 2022.

Government proposes measures for increased security in sickness insurance

In the Budget Bill for 2022, the Government proposes several measures to strengthen sickness insurance. These include raising the ceiling in sickness benefit from 8 to 10 price base amounts from 1 January 2022 and increasing flexibility in sickness insurance from day 365. The Government also proposes more flexibility in the organisation of working time for part-time sick leave, increased security for those who are called in to work as necessary, and a modified work capacity examination from the age of 62.

Pace of climate transition must increase

The pace of climate transition must increase, and reducing emissions from the transport sector is essential to achieving the climate objectives. In the Budget Bill for 2022, the Government therefore proposes investments of more than SEK 3.9 billion intended to accelerate the transition in the transport sector and strengthen cohesion and the possibility of working throughout Sweden. These investments cover matters such as the car allowance.

State offensive against fraud and welfare crime in the Government’s autumn Budget Bill

On 6 September, the Government presented proposals for efforts to combat welfare crime. The Government wants to establish a new government agency for system-wide monitoring of payments from welfare systems. Furthermore, additional funds will be allocated to the relevant agencies to combat errors and fraud, and to strengthen efforts against work-related crime. In all, this involves additional funds of almost SEK 200 million next year. The proposals are included in the Government’s Budget Bill for 2022.

Government proposes measures for increased security for older people

In the Budget Bill for 2022, the Government proposes several measures to strengthen security for older people. A new security pension is proposed for those who have worn themselves out in working life and are approaching retirement. The Government also proposes raising the housing supplement for pensioners.