Fiscal policy partly in conflict with framework and legislation
The Government mainly follows the fiscal policy framework. But, according to the Swedish National Audit Office, substantially raising the ceiling for central government expenditure in coming years is in conflict with the fiscal policy framework. In addition, by not presenting how the surplus target is to be reached, the Government is not in compliance with the Budget Act.
Reduced payroll tax for older people – uncertain effects and reporting deficiencies
Lower payroll tax for older people was to lead to increased employment among people over the age of 65. However, it is uncertain whether the tax cut has led to increased employment. The uncertainty is due, among other things, to shortcomings in the Government’s reporting, according to the Swedish National Audit Office’s audit.
Effective work with guarantees at Sida, but inadequate follow-up
Sida is increasingly using credit guarantees as a tool in its development cooperation. The Swedish National Audit Office assesses that the work is effective, but that follow-up needs to be improved to ensure that the guarantees are fit for purpose.
Effective review of public service companies
The Swedish Broadcasting Commission’s review of the content of public service broadcasts is largely effective and has the desired result. However, the Swedish National Audit Office (Swedish NAO) recommends that the Broadcasting Commission expands the reasoning behind certain decisions, and works to shorten its processing times.