Starts work to throw private individuals out of welfare

– Work is now starting to phase out commercial operations in welfare. And it is absolutely necessary, because in recent years large commercial groups have entered into larger parts of welfare, says Kirsti Bergstø, deputy leader of SV.

In budget negotiations with SV, the government undertook to look at how “commercial operations can be phased out in various tax-financed welfare services, and a separate zero-profit model for each such sector be put forward’. Now a separate selection is in place.

– It is primarily about the government wanting the community’s money to be used for welfare, and not for large commercial players, says Gunn Karin Gjul (Ap), State Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation.

More missions

The government’s committee will look at how commercial players can be removed from various sectors, including nurseries and care for the elderly.

The committee must also come up with proposals for separate “zero profit models” for each sector. These models will ensure that non-public actors who still work in welfare cannot give their owners large dividends.

The government’s committee will look at how commercial actors can be removed from various sectors, including from kindergartens.

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The committee will be chaired by former Nav director Tore Saglie. It must deliver its recommendations to the government by 1 June 2024.

SV is already completely clear that all commercial actors must withdraw from tax-funded welfare services. Ap we do not decide before the committee has finished its work.

– You have certain areas within our welfare, for example the nursery sector, where the private players are very large. Here it will be very demanding if we are to have everything under public authority. Then we think that there must also be opportunities to look at models for how we can make it very strict, so that you cannot take out large sums of money, says Gunn Karin Gjul (Ap).

The trade union welcomes the new committee.

– There has long been pressure on pay and working conditions for the employees of private welfare companies, at the same time we see that profit is being taken. Fagforbundet is happy that the government is starting work to ensure that every tax kroner that is supposed to go to provide citizens with better health services, care for the elderly and childcare facilities, actually goes to that, says leader of Fagforbundet, Mette Nord.

NHO fears a mayoral rebellion

– This is going the wrong way into the future, says NHO chief Ole Erik Almlid.

NHO believes that private actors are an important part of the welfare services, and warns of major consequences if they are thrown out.

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NHO chief Ole Erik Almlid believes that there will not be a good welfare offer without private actors.

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– Thousands of companies, but hundreds of thousands of employees, ensure every day that people get help. They want to take this away, so that we don’t get the help we need, says Almlid.

The NHO chief predicts that there will be a “mayor revolt” in the districts if the government actually throws out private actors from the welfare services.

– This is not feasible. When mayors in Ap and Sp see what this could mean, I think there could be a mayoral revolt.

He also does not agree with the government that large dividends to owners are a problem today.

– I am very concerned that the community’s money should go to as many services as possible for the most people. That is why we have been concerned that you should not have a super profit, and that is not the case either.