Conservative Party MPs wish to reform Norway’s benefits system by reducing the amount employees receive by 30 percent.
Torbjørn Sølsnæs, former political advisor for the Conservatives’ parliamentary group, suggests cutting benefits by a third from the first day people are absent. Oslo Conservative Party Leader Nikolai Astrup also believes there is room for cutbacks.
The current system provides an employee with their full salary for up to a year they are off sick. MPs propose combining the benefits for sickness, rehabilitation and disability. This will give payouts equal to 70 percent of an employee’s wage.
In a move reminiscent of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s “get up and work” motto, Astrup believes that it is always best to follow a principle of it being worthwhile to work.
“There is no doubt that economic incentives work”, he told Dagsavisen, saying his only objection, if any would be that “reducing pay from 100 percent to 70 may be abrupt.”
“Nevertheless, it’s an interesting suggestion and there is no doubt one will receive decent-sized payouts even if sick, because the level proposed by the committee is sufficiently high.”
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