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Säpo to cut jobs due to 'financial strain'

Säpo to cut jobs due to 'financial strain'

Published: 29 Aug 2012 08:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 Aug 2012 08:46 GMT+02:00

Swedish security service Säpo will be making major staff cutbacks due to “economic strain”, news that comes shortly after revelations of their 5.3 million kronor ($802,500) James Bond-themed party last year.

One in ten staff members will lose their jobs as a result of the “tough economic times” for the agency, wrote the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN) on Wednesday.

“People will go on their pension earlier, they will be offered special pensions, but a further 100 will finish here, and there will be no further recruitment,” said one source to the paper.

“How can someone in such a situation let the money flow as if it was unlimited?”

Pelle Dahlqvist of the Swedish Police Union (Polisförbundet) explained that the economic difficulties were centred around next year's budget.

“There are signals from the government and the ministry that there will be a reduced appropriation in the 2013 budget,” he told DN.

“One has to take measures to stick to the budget.”

Säpo head Anders Thornberg refused to comment on the revelations, but explained to the paper on Friday that the organization was experiencing tough times.

The service came under fire last week after revelations that a James Bond-themed party in 2011 cost 5.3 million kronor to organize – a contract that was not put out to tender.

Furthermore, the service erroneously claimed close to one million kronor back in value added tax (moms), roughly ten percent of which they had to pay back to the tax agency.

The party was allegedly a gala event including a big band, blackjack tables, and silhouetted performing artists dancing to the music from the popular films.

In a nationwide survey in June, Säpo was rated to be the 7th most trusted state institution in Sweden, with 45 percent of the respondents saying they had ''great confidence' in it.

The service currently has roughly 1,000 employees.

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09:50 August 29, 2012 by Swedishmyth
Don't government institutions in Sweden have enumerated items for their budgets? Do they just get a pile of cash (or an "Other/Misc" category) to spend as they please?
10:46 August 29, 2012 by Mib
We live in a world where you make a mistake and you're slapped with a fine. Where rich people exploit tax loopholes while Government turns a blind eye. Where Government organisations spend money as if it's limitless.

Another big issue which I have never understood as it encourages waste is where both in private and Government organisations, if they don't spend their budget, then the next year's budget is reduced. This is probably the real reason behind the 5.3 million expenditure at Säpo. It seems that Säpo are being criticised for not putting it out to tender. Had they done that and spent 4.3 million instead, then it seems that would have been okay.

How to fix.....make people accountable for their decisions and have transperency, so the tax payers can see how well or badly OUR money is being spent.

Today we hear that Nick Clegg wants to introduce a temporary wealth tax, which I believe is a very bad tax to have. The question that I and may others have is why doesn't he close the tax loopholes that exist today, specify a minimum tax that everyone pays regardless ie. 20%, so you cut out the abuse....oh yeah...I know why...the political parties are rliant on donations from these legal tax evaders and are also doing it themselves....aka Tony Bliar!
10:46 August 29, 2012 by Children Of Adam
The BackBone of security of a country is their intelligence services, they should be very rich and should have unlimited access to money.
11:01 August 29, 2012 by Mib
You'e very right Children Of Adam.......it's probably because they're spying on everyones email, telephone calls, SMS, internet access etc, that they're not using true intelligence....and as a result have intelligent people focusing on the wrong areas!! But hey....jump on me from high if I accidentally forget about a bottle of water in my bag when going through airprt security.
14:22 August 29, 2012 by Hisingen
Cutbacks - is that why they had a nice big party then ? ? ?
10:21 August 30, 2012 by robban70226
Time to pay for the stupidity of the party??
14:58 August 31, 2012 by tadchem
Everybody on that guest list should be billed 5,300 Kronor - all 1000 of them. Then they can afford to hire back some of the people who were wrongly terminated.
14:25 September 3, 2012 by themoron
themoron says: The country is called Sweden. Do not forget that. Sweden is Kafkaland with a fixation of adoring Mickey Mouse (US). Institutions and politicians can spend what they want in parties, trips to Mallorca, gifts, whatever, and the taxpayer will always pay for that.
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