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SEK 30 million to fight work-related crime
In the Budget Bill for 2021, the Government proposes a permanent increase of SEK 30 million in the Swedish Work Environment Authority’s administrative appropriation. This will better enable the Swedish Work Environment Authority and other agencies to work in a focused and collaborative manner to continue to fight fraud, regulatory non-compliance and crime in the Swedish labour market. The Government’s proposal is based on an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
In 2018–2020 the Government has invested SEK 18 million per year to strengthen efforts to combat unfair competition in the labour market. The Government has previously tasked eight agencies – Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Public Employment Service), the Swedish Work Environment Authority, the Swedish Economic Crime Authority, Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency), the Swedish Gender Equality Agency, the Swedish Migration Agency, the Swedish Police Authority and the Swedish Tax Agency – with jointly developing efficient and effective working methods in 2018–2020 for multi-agency controls to combat fraud, regulatory non-compliance and work-related crime. This assignment was coordinated by the Swedish Work Environment Authority.
In February 2020, the Minister for Employment decided to task an inquiry with following up and analysing the work on multi-agency controls to fight fraud, regulatory non-compliance and work-related crime. The inquiry will also propose measures in this area and actions required to ensure that efforts are effective and efficient. The final report is due by 30 December 2020.
The proposal is due to come into force on 1 January 2021 through appropriation directions to the Swedish Work Environment Authority. The Government intends to inform about continued measures to fight fraud, regulatory non-compliance and crime in the Swedish labour market.
Within the framework of the ongoing assignment on methodological development for multi-agency control processes, the Swedish Work Environment Authority and other agencies together conducted 1 833 joint controls in 2019. This resulted in 245 orders and prohibitions and 208 fines. Within the framework of multi-agency cooperation in 2019, offences were identified that can result in inspection fees and fines amounting to more than SEK 10 million.