In order to mitigate the negative economic effects of the new coronavirus and create opportunities for education and continuing professional development, the Government has presented several proposals for further measures.
Among other things, more money from the central government budget for 2020 will be earmarked for compensation for high costs for sick pay, sickness benefits, a contribution to keep public transport running and a contribution for public health and medical care.
The funds allocated in the central government for 2020 will increase by SEK 23.7 billion, corresponding to 0.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). The central government borrowing requirement will increase by an equivalent amount.
The Government has proposed a temporary additional allowance within the housing allowance to low income families with children. This legislative amendment will apply between 1 July and 31 December 2020.
The Government or a public authority decided by the Government will be able to issue regulations to the effect that student incomes during extraordinary events in peacetime will be regarded differently from how they are normally regarded when making decisions on education entry grants. This amendment will come into force on 1 July 2020.
The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals.