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Sweden cuts funds for disabled people to support migrants

It is the care that the Swedes will have to do

Austerity as a means to keep migrants arriving in the country. It is the care that the Swedes will have to do. According to the Swedish newspaper SVT Nyheter, eight out of ten municipalities in Sweden will be forced to cut social spending to meet the cost of new arrivals.

The manager of the city of Bengstfors, Göran Eriksson, explains “that the situation is rather worn, and we are forced to make efforts after the city council has approved a new budget for 2020”. Bengstfors will therefore be forced into a diet to reduce its deficit by 2.4 million crowns and the cost will fall mainly on the social services provided by the city. In particular, to pay the bill for the new austerity policy of Swedish municipalities will be the citizens who most benefited from municipal assistance, on all the elderly and disabled.

But the cuts won’t stop here. The funds foreseen to support the health care of the students and the kindergartens will not remain immune from the dark of the cuts.

The same fate will be given to the street lighting which will be reduced by about 20% and to the removal of snow from the streets which will be carried out only when it reaches rather high heaps.

To explain how the cuts on services provided by municipalities are also due to new arrivals of migrants is the manager Eriksson himself.

“I believe there are two reasons. We have been generous and we have received many new arrivals but there is also a demographic problem. We have an aging population and the municipality is shrinking. “

In a context of population aging it is not difficult to imagine that the first to be affected by cuts in health care are the elderly.

The bankruptcy situation of Swedish municipalities had already been reported in previous months. The city of Bengstfors was already in serious financial distress due to the arrival of migrants who were completely maintained by the state.

Stig Bertilsson, a local politician of the conservative party, had already explained this emergency situation last summer: “the costs in the municipalities that have received new migrants have continued to be significant while government subsidies have stopped. This has created a large budget shortfall in the municipal coffers. “

The old adage very much in vogue among the mainstream press according to which migrants pay pensions to European citizens is therefore denied once again by the facts.

The double standard is confirmed instead. On the one hand, European governments impose austerity policies on citizens made of spending cuts and tax increases.

On the other hand, the same governments file austerity policies and have no reserve in spending public funds to keep people without any specific professional training.

Europeans actually suffer cuts to their welfare for the benefit of newcomers.
The weakest sections of the population pay the cost of immigration.

The legal right to independence

The Act concerning Support and Service to Persons with Certain Functional Disabilities (LSS) was enforced in 1994. It is a human rights law designed to offer people with extensive disabilities greater opportunities to lead independent lives, and to ensure that they have equal living conditions and enjoy full participation in community life.

The law gives people with certain disabilities the right to personal assistance, a form of support that is mostly funded by taxes. The amount of help they receive is determined by the extent of their disabilities. People not covered by it can seek assistance from their local council/municipality under the Social Services Act.

The Discrimination Act

In 2009, the Discrimination Act was introduced in Sweden, its general purpose being to strengthen the legal protection of the individual and to help victims of discrimination obtain redress and financial compensation.

The Act combats discrimination on the grounds of gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age, and is divided into two parts:

  1. The proactive part of the law imposes a duty to take positive action and concerns working life and the educational system.
  2. The reactive part of the law deals with the prohibition of discrimination in working life, in the educational system and in other areas of society.

The Equality Ombudsman (DO) monitors compliance with these laws.

International cooperation

The UN’s Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities is a cornerstone of Swedish disability policy. The Swedish government ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2008.

Unlike the Standard Rules, the Convention is legally binding. As a result, Sweden has committed to ensuring that national legislation does not discriminate against people with disabilities.

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