Left Alliance chair Li Andersson said on Sunday that his party is demanding more resources for children and young people affected during the pandemic.
"The Left Alliance will be next spring as part of the regular [budget] the negotiation process proposes additional funding for services for children and young people," Andersson said at a Left Alliance party meeting in Helsinki on Sunday.
This statement was a direct reference to the President of the Center Annika Saarikkon savings comments at its own gala meeting in Rovaniemi on Saturday.
Andersson criticized Saarikko’s comments about the importance of keeping the government’s budget.
"Our generation grew during the recession of the 1990s," Andersson said of Saarikko’s statements that those now in office are accustomed to low-interest money being offered throughout their adult lives.
"Temporary crisis funding will end next year. Responsibility for the future of children and young people cannot lie solely with the Left Alliance or the Minister of Education. A government that has promised a child-friendly policy cannot disappoint its promises," he said.
Saarikko, who is the minister of finance, said on Saturday that the Center will resign from the government if its coalition partners try to exceed the agreed budget framework.
The budget framework sets agreed spending limits for each fiscal year that the current government has exceeded during this term as additional spending helps the nation weather the interest rate crisis. Next year’s budget framework negotiations will decide how the government will save 370 million euros.
Source: The Nordic Page