Negotiations between the National Association of Local Authorities (KL) and the government on an agreement on local government finances for 2022 have been suspended on Friday evening.
There is a need for a pause for thought, writes KL in a press release.
“We must state that we are too far apart in the negotiations at the moment for it to make sense to continue.”
“There is a need for a pause for thought,” says KL’s chairman, Jacob Bundsgaard (S).
It is the social area that separates the government and KL to such an extent that it does not make sense to continue the negotiations.
“The most important thing for us is that there is a way in relation to supporting the municipalities in the challenges with the specialized social area,” says Bundsgaard in the announcement.
No new negotiations have been agreed on Friday evening.
Prior to the negotiations, which began at 11.30 am, the specialized social area was a nuisance.
It is an area that includes vulnerable children, young people and adults as well as children and adults with disabilities.
In order to be able to provide a sufficiently good service in the area, the municipalities have for several years been forced to take a billion from other areas. That is what Jacob Bundsgaard said earlier on Friday.
“In the specialized social field, we experience that there is simply no connection between what is created by citizens’ expectations and the economy we have.”
“We need to bring this into balance, and we have proposed that a large amount be set aside for the specialized social area. So far, we have not received any positive feedback from the government, it was said.
The regions are also currently negotiating an economic agreement with the government, but they were suspended on Tuesday.
Since May, they have been negotiating the economy for the coming year for the regions that, among other things, run the public hospitals. The parties are far and wide on many issues, but disagree on the final figures in key areas.
Every year, financial agreements are entered into between the government and the Danish Regions. Here, the framework for the regional economy in the coming years is agreed.
The municipalities – represented by KL – also enter into an agreement on the municipalities’ finances every year.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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