Board puts sanctioning of cash assistance recipients on hold

An assessment of the rules in the area has shown that Denmark may not comply with the rules on free movement.

In future, cash assistance recipients will be free to go on shopping trips to, for example, Germany, without risking their cash assistance being withdrawn.

This is one of the points in a letter the Agency for Labor Market and Recruitment sent to the country’s municipalities on Friday. Here it appears, among other things, that sanctions for short-term stays abroad under the Act on active social policy are put on hold.

It is the Ministry of Employment that, following publicity in the media and an inquiry from the Parliamentary Ombudsman, has initiated the assessment. It is on the basis of this assessment that the rules have been suspended.

It is the ministry’s preliminary assessment that there are justified doubts as to whether Denmark complies with EU legislation in relation to free movement.

Recently, several media have reported on how municipalities deducted cash assistance recipients from their benefits because they crossed the border to shop.

Aabenraa is among the municipalities that have withdrawn cash assistance recipients for travel across the border.

Several cash assistance recipients have told DR how a trip across the border has cost them dearly.

Among others, Denny Lorensen from Padborg, who had a third of his allowance deducted over the course of three months because he had exceeded the limit while he was on cash assistance.

Three professors have assessed to DR that it is in violation of, among other things, the right to free movement between EU countries when municipalities punish the unemployed for shopping in Germany.

It is a part of what is called the Active Act, which, according to the professors, is at odds with the rights that EU legislation gives to the citizens of the member states.

Among other things, the Aktivloven states what the unemployed must not do if they do not want to be drawn into cash benefits.

This includes, among other things, that they may only be abroad for a short time. They must be in Denmark at some point in each given day.

The Danish Appeals Authority has previously ruled that the rules also apply “if you shop in Germany”.


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