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Many Swedish ex-parliamentarians continue to live on benefits

Monday, 14 May 2012
As parliamentarians come up with various modes on how to force us to take any job when we become unemployment, parliamentarians in Sweden instead tend to rely on benefits and hand outs when they become unemployed.

Since 2010 election when some parliamentarian where booted out of the more than a third of these ex-members of parliament are still supported by the taxpayer according to a research carried out by Swedish television.

123 members of parliament saw their careers ended after the 2010 election. Of those, 37 percent, 45 persons are still receiving guaranteed income from parliament in April this year, reports Swedish television

Income Guarantee is paid to MPs who lost their jobs before age 65 after having served in the parliament for least three consecutive years. The first year they are paid 80 percent of their previous salary every month. People who have spent some time in the Parliament may continue to receive guaranteed income for even more years, the amount depends on how long the ex-member has been sitting in parliament.

The aim is to provide financial security for MPs who leave their seats. As a former member of parliament, other revenue decreases or ceases as there becomes the income guarantee implemented.

The system has been severely criticized. Critics say, among other things, that there are no incentives for retiring MPs to acquire new job, they ted to live well allowing themselves to be supported by the income guarantee.

Swedish television also interviewed Green party’s Mikael Johansson, who sat in parliament a short tine in the parliament in 2010. He now receives Skr37 677 a month in guaranteed income.
“I really have not applied for any job at all,” he told Swedish television relating to the one and a half years that have passed since he left parliament.

MP spokesman Gustav Fridolin is not satisfied with his party colleague's attitude.
“There are better things to use our tax money for,” says Fridolin.
“Politicians should not live in a different reality than what we represent. We have asked for income guarantee to ends after say two years.”
When Gustav Fridolin ended in Parliament in 2006 he relinquished himself from taking part of the income guarantee.

Ex-MPs from the Left Party and the Social Democrats are said to be the ones who use these extensive guarantees more after political retirement. But gradually, more representatives of the alliance parties are getting into it too.
Parliament has appointed a committee to review the rules for how the income guarantee could be better awarded and improved.
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