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Community service for all will cost tens of billions

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Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum says that proposals for community service for all, as an alternative to the primary service, are not on the government’s table. Here he stands in front of a Leopard 2A4NO at Rena camp. Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

Of NTB | 16.04.2024 03:33:08

Policy: Stavanger Ap has proposed mandatory community service as an alternative to the initial service. Such a service can be provided within health and social care, upbringing, volunteering and humanitarian work and preparedness, the local party suggested. The proposal is supported by, among others, Minister of Knowledge Kari Nessa Nordtun (Ap) and Rogaland Ap, according to Stavanger Aftenblad.

Now the Ministry of Finance has calculated the costs after Venstres Sveinung Rotevatn has asked for one written question to the Minister of Finance in which he asks what the measure will cost.

– What are the socio-economic consequences of introducing compulsory community or military service for all 19-year-olds? asked Rotevatn on 10 April this year.

IN the response from the Ministry of Finance and the Minister of Finance it says that the direct costs for the Armed Forces will be NOK 11.5 billion and the bill for lost value creation is NOK 28 billion, a total of NOK 39.5 billion.

Vedum admits that he is skeptical about a general mandatory year.

– A general compulsory year is not something that the government has on the table now. Our effort is against conscription in the Armed Forces, says Vedum to Stavanger Aftenblad.

– Based on the estimate for direct costs and lost tax revenue, the introduction of the mandatory year can be estimated to increase the coverage requirement in 2060 by 0.6 percentage points. Such a measure will thus significantly increase the challenges of sustainability in state finances, says the response from Vedum.

(© NTB)

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