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Government presents new social funds agreement

Vulnerable children, homeless and young substance abusers among the beneficiaries

Social Minister Karen Ellemann (seated at front) is gearing up for more funds (photo: Johannes Jansson)
October 28th, 2015 5:21 pm| by Christian W

The social and internal affairs minister, Karen Ellemann, has revealed that the government has agreed to a new social funds agreement for 2016 worth 607 million kroner.

The agreement focuses on issues such as preventative measures for vulnerable children and young people, strengthening efforts for the homeless, treatment for young drug abusers and integrating newly-arrived refugees.

“The reserve fund can be viewed as a catalyst for how the about 44 billion kroner the municipalities spend on the area can be better used to generate results for those needing help – namely the most vulnerable.” said Ellemann.

“The fund will focus on initiatives that we know work and that create positive changes for the weakest citizens in society.”

The agreement (here in Danish) was agreed upon in co-operation with Socialdemokraterne, Dansk Folkeparti, Liberal Alliance, Alternativet, Radikale, Socialistisk Folkeparti and Konservative.

The 607 million kroner will go to the following:


– Better preventive response – 96 million kroner in the period 2016-2019

– Expansion of the ‘housing first’ initiative for homelessness – 31.6 million kroner 2016-2019

– Expansion of treatment models for young substance-abusers – 54.3 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Support for voluntary area – 39.9 million kroner from 2016-2018

– Efforts for pregnant women with substance abuse – 27.5 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Housing for mentally and socially-vulnerable people – 36 million kroner from 2017-2019

– Promotion of well-being and learning for vulnerable children – 23 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Quick course for academically-challenged students – 20.8 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Requirements regarding diagnosing dyslexia – 11 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Rehabilitation of inmates with attention disorders – 15.5 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Consultation initiatives for psychologically-vulnerable youth – 10 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Follow-up interviews with young people in care – 6.4 million kroner from 2016-2017

– Development of socio-economic models – 5 million kroner from 2016-2017

– Studying the substance abuse area from a user perspective – 1.5 million kroner in 2016

– Nature as a social and rehabilitative effort – 3 million kroner in 2016

– Strengthened efforts to protect children from sexual abuse, with a special focus on efforts for children in daycare – 6.0 million kroner from 2016-2018

– Clearer framework for adult responsibilities towards children and young – 42.3 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Regional centres for sexually abused – 47 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Additional funding for the Ombudsman’s Children’s Office – 8.8 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Living condition study and inclusion measurement – 5.7 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Voluntary debt counselling – 21.7 million kroner in 2016 + Advice for eviction-threatened tenants – 10 million kroner from 2016-2017

– Hanne Mariehjemmet (women’s crisis centre) – 20.1 million kroner from 2016-2018

– Establishment of temporary emergency overnight stay offers – 8.2 million kroner from 2016-2018

– Funds for the distribution of Christmas aid – 8.0 million kroner from 2016-2018

– Funds for summer holiday aid – 10 million kroner from 2016-2017

– Better inclusion for newly-arrived Greenlanders in Denmark – 4 million kroner in 2016

– Public church’s support for vulnerable families – 3.6 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Operating and processing support for voluntary organisations etc – 8 million kroner kroner from 2016-2019

– Temporary operating subsidy for Danish Sports Federation project Get2sport – 8 million kroner from 2016-2019

– Emergency shelter for socially vulnerable drug addicts – 6 million kroner in 2016

– Extended hours for the child helpline BørneTelefonen – 4 million kroner from 2016-2017

– Continued support of social technology development – 4 million kroner from 2016-2017