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Government presents new budget agreement for 2016

Blue bloc teams up to help elderly, health sector and agriculture

The finance minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, was pleased about the agreement (photo: Johannes Jansson)
November 19th, 2015 2:17 pm| by Christian W

The new Venstre-led government has teamed up with the three blue-bloc parties Dansk Folkeparti, Liberal Alliance and Konservative to unfurl a new budget agreement for 2016.

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Health and elderly
Among the areas agreed to was increased budgets for the health sector, the elderly and the police, while a fixed immigration policy and lower car registration fees were also included.

“I’m pleased to be able to present a very responsible budget agreement,” said the finance minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen.

“Within the tight financial framework at our disposal, we managed to strengthen the core welfare area and make life easier for citizens and companies. Furthermore, we strengthen the public finances so there will continue to be faith in Denmark’s economy.”

The main points of the agreement are:

– A considerable increase in funds for the health sector, focusing particularly on the elderly, to the tune of 2.4 billion kroner in 2016. Specific initiatives include quicker processing and treatment for people with dementia and elderly people on medicine, better conditions in maternity wards and improved security for emergency assistance nationwide

– 1 billion kroner will be set aside every year from 2016 for providing the elderly with better care in all municipalities

– 1.9 billion kroner extra will be given to the police every year until 2019 in an attempt to make Denmark a safer place to live

– a fixed immigration policy that includes more people being encompassed by the integration allowance integrationsydelsen

– Reducing the registration fee for cars and motorbikes from 180 to 150 percent

– A nominal freezing of the land tax for 2016

– An increase of the subsidy rate for independent schools

A reinstating of the housing job scheme BoligJobordningen for 2015 and the continuing of it in 2016 and 2017 as a green initiative

– A new unemployment benefit (kontanthjælp) ceiling that will increase the incentive for working

– 150 million kroner annually for growth and development in all of Denmark

– A reduction of the NOx tax

– The cancellation of the advertisement tax

– Better conditions available for generation changes in family-owned businesses

– 75 million kroner set aside annually for a food and agriculture package

– Compensating environmental schemes for the easing in of nitrogen regulations in agriculture