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The municipalities will receive 6.4 billion more in discretionary income next year

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– We are now giving the municipal economy a real boost. Apart from our first budget for 2022, this is the biggest investment in the municipalities in the last 15 years, says Minister for Municipalities and Districts Erling Sande (Sp). Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Of NTB | 13.05.2024 04:09:33

Policy: Minister of Municipalities and Districts Erling Sande (Sp) and Minister of Health and Care and Ap deputy leader Jan Christian Vestre confirms the figures for TV 2.

Only in 2022, the first year of the Støre government, the municipalities’ discretionary income has increased more since 2011, when comparable figures began to be obtained.

Last year, 157 Norwegian municipalities had a negative operating result.

– The government takes that seriously. That’s why we’ve been saying all spring that we’re keeping a close eye on what’s happening, and now we’re taking action through a major investment in the municipal economy, says municipal minister Sande.

A large part of the increase is used to cover automatic, statutory expenditure increases which are due to changes in the size and age composition of the population.

Nevertheless, the municipalities will collectively be left with a net income increase of around NOK 2.5 billion. The county municipalities will receive 200 million, while 2.3 billion will go to the municipalities.

(© NTB)

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