The government presents its reform proposals today for the early pension
scheme and flexijobs, calling for active efforts to help people back onto
the labour market with new requirements for local councils.
“People will have one case worker. One person who is responsible throughout
the handling of a case,” says Employment Minister Mette Frederiksen
Under the current system, those with a broad array of social problems risk
having seven or eight different case workers from different authorities,
depending on how many transfer payments they receive.
The government’s proposal orders local councils to set up rehabilitation teams
in which case workers from the social, health, employment and education
authorities will coordinate a plan of action in each case.
“At the moment the organisation is like a nest of silos, and that is something
we would like to abolish,” says Social MinisterKaren Hækkerup.
The main thrust of the reform is that people under 40 should not be given
early pensions. Some DKK1.4bn is to be made available for the new resource
process, which will be in place for the individual for a maximum of five
On the other hand, the reform is expected to provide a further DKK1.9bn in
state revenues, particularly from new rules for flexijob arrangements. A
ceiling on state payments for those on flexijobs will mean that it will not
be possible to maintain a high wage for shorter working hours.
The Liberal Party is prepared to negotiate; “We are positive towards
cooperating with the government on this reform,” says Group Chairman
Kristian Jensen, but adds that he wants to see an overall government plan
Local Government Denmark and the Association of Social Workers are both
positive towards the government’s proposal.
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