Publicerad 22 mars 2019

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Welfare benefits, City of Malmö

Households receiving welfare benefits (Average per month)

Source: City of Malmö, annual report 2017

The average number of households per month receiving welfare benefits comprised 9,800 in 2016, a drop of 200 or 2%. The number of unique households receiving welfare benefits sometime during the year also dropped by 2%, from 16,400 to 16,090. That's the first time since 2008 that the number of households dropped compared to the preceding year. The average cost per household and month was SEK 8,462, which was an increase of SEK 263, or 3.2% compared with the preceding year.

There are probably several reasons why the number of households receiving welfare benefits dropped during the year. An unchanged number of Social Secretaries working with the target group, revised methods and improved follow-up have probably contributed to the result.

The net cost of welfare benefits, stated in million swedish crowns (Mkr)

Source: City of Malmö, annual report 2017

The total net cost of welfare benefits comprised SEK 970 million, an increase of SEK 10.5 million (1.1%), compared to 2015. The result for 2015 includes income from state subsidies and costs for fritidspeng (a benefit to support leisure activities for children) in addition to the costs of welfare benefits within the appropriation for welfare benefits. The fritidspeng system gave an income surplus for appropriation in 2015 of SEK 5.8 million. Because fritidspeng was stopped in 2016 and replaced by a high national norm for children and adolescents, a higher net cost for the appropriation in total compared to 2015 resulted.