Shortcomings in the municipalities’ annual reports and reporting to Statistics Sweden (SCB) constitute a threat to the reliability of the Annual Municipal Accounts (Räkenskapssammandraget, RS), which is used for designing government fiscal policies. The Swedish National Audit Office recommends a tightening of checks and procedures when the information is collected by SCB.
The Rural Development Program is intended to develop rural areas, but its design has made it difficult to achieve its objectives. In addition, the responsible authorities have not enjoyed adequate conditions to be able to perform their duties, and there have been no follow-up studies or evaluations that can contribute to improvements during the current program period or in the future.
The aid granted to build special housing for the elderly has not been effective. The most recent audit by the Swedish National Audit Office indicates that the problem has now been passed on to a new aid package disbursed since 2016. The new aid does not have a time limit.
The introduction of investment savings accounts has made it easy to save and invest in shares. However, the audit of the Swedish National Audit Office reveals that these accounts may have cost the central government SEK 42 billion in forgone tax revenue.