Today’s front pages – Friday, April 19

The Copenhagen Post’s daily digest of what the Danish dailies are reporting on their front pages

Vulnerable paying for growth plan

Employment Minister Mette Frederiksen (Socialdemokraterne) and the government have managed to raise 40 million extra kroner a year for their growth plan by giving vulnerable youths who are on social benefits (kontanthjælp) minimal benefit amounts for up to three months. The total savings of the kontanthjælp reform secures the state about 1.1 billion kroner annually. There was also political agreement reached yesterday on reform of the student stipend programme, SU. The Copenhagen Post will have details have both reform deals later today. – Politiken

Socialdemokraterne criticise Corydon’s tax cuts

Members of Finance Minister Bjarne Corydon’s own Socialdemokraterne (S) party have criticised his plans to reduce corporate taxes. Corydon has pointed to Sweden when calling for a reduction in corporate taxes, but the S members argued that in Sweden, it is the companies that will pay large parts of their own tax cuts, while Corydon’s plan relies on funding found through cuts in the public sector. – Jyllands-Posten

Massive solar panel plant opening in Copenhagen

Water waste management company Lynettefællesskabet has constructed a solar panel plant with nearly 3,000 panels that will produce 740,000 kilowatts per year. The 2,932 solar panels make the plant, which will open on April 30 in Sydhavn, the largest in northern Europe. – Ingeniøren

Economists hail education focus

The government’s attempts to encourage more young people to get an education have attracted praise from a number of economists. Andreas Højbjerre from the think-tank Kraka praised the government's efforts, saying that it is in the state's financial interest to get young people to complete their educations as swiftly as possible. – Berlingske

Companies forsake unemployed

Companies looking to hire new workers generally ignore the 160,000 unemployed Danes and have instead focused on hiring people who are already working. A number of recruiting companies said that businesses are increasingly aware that it is expensive to train new employees rather than hire an already skilled one. – Ekstra Bladet