KL not least focuses on the specialized social area, which 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, says KL chairman Jacob Bundsgaard (S).
– The main challenge is the distance that exists between the expectations that are created by the government and in the Folketing about what quality we can deliver in our welfare, and then the economy that is available.
– In the specialized social area, 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. We have so far not received any positive feedback from the government, he says.
In May, KL came up with a proposal for a three-year plan in which the specialized social area must have contributed up to five billion kroner.
In the last three years in the municipalities, we have transferred two billion kroner from other service areas and over to the specialized social area.
– We can not continue to do that if we still have to have good primary schools and high quality in our day care institutions and elderly care, says Jacob Bundsgaard with reference to three other areas that cost the municipalities a lot of money.
The municipalities experience that they have been accused by the central team at Christiansborg of not delivering a good enough quality in the specialized social area.
– There we have to get some realism into the way we think about it.
– There is apparently a long way to go both in the Folketing and in the government. That is why we have a fairly large task in these economic negotiations. It will be really difficult to reach each other there, says Jacob Bundsgaard.
Friday’s negotiations between KL and the government began at 11.30, and no time has been set for when they will end.
Source: The Nordic Page