Sweden’s Social Democrat party to focus on the youth - not clear if this is a balanced policy


Monday, 02 May 2011
Sweden’s Social Democrat leader Hakan Juholt promises new Social  policies with large welfare initiatives. Together with the party's economic spokesman Tommy Waidelich, they suggested 15 000 summer jobs for young people, investing in health and social care staff and lower rates in the local music school.

Juholt held its first public discussion as a party leader in a Dalarna where he attracted some attracted 600 to 700 audience in Falun and a few hundred more in Borl�nge. The main message was that the Social Democrats now must develop a policy of investing heavily in the welfare and education. "This will not be free. It will cost, "said Juholt.
Specific information will be given in the autumn budgetary motion, but already this week part of it will be presented.

Juholt economic-policy spokesperson Tommy Waidelich suggested in his speech before several thousand people in Stockholm a summer initiative for young people. The Social democrats wants to invest "several hundred million" to produce 15 000 summer jobs, 5000 more places at summer schools and 10 000 places in the summer teaching the young who lack the basic qualifications for high school or college.

Party Secretary J�mtin spoke in �rebro on the importance of smaller classes and raised status of teachers.


Party leader Juholt promised proposals on investment for health and social care staff. Public money will be used for a generation of care, which meant that young people will work alongside older staff to learn the profession. Money will also be placed on training.

Juholt also promised proposals for investments in addition to core welfare activities, education, health and social care. He wants to put more resources into youth clubs and announced proposal on Monday to "take a big step" towards that all children should have the chance to go to the local music school.

The money for the new Social democrats’ policy is taken from the emerging surpluses in the Treasury. The need for tax increases are not considered to be today. The voters will make choices whether to invest in the future through education knowledge and prosperity or in excess of the government's tax cuts.

Hakan Juholt is not against continuous government's proposed income tax credit, but says no clear to halving the restaurant tax deduction, something that even the red-green proposed in their last election.
"The same money would provide 9000 teaching positions. We should not burn the money to get give people cheap toast, "he said.

Despite laud applause and the cries, judging from the reaction in the crowed it showed that the new party leader's first public meeting with supporters had been granted home but traditional recurring issues of unemployment and labour market policy was virtually talked about.

Does this mean that the Social Democrats would be giving in more to the youth than the active older population that is still desperately seeking to get back to work after the effects of the financial crisis. The Social Democrats   economic policy however will be gradually observed closely to see how they create balances in the communities where the ruling coalition has failed.

Some experts feel that Hakan Juholt May Day speech on Sunday was as expected more about the ideological orientation than on the new policy statement.

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