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Danish Municipal Leaders Optimistic After Positive Economic Report from Government

In Viborg, optimism is high among municipal leaders after a positive economic report from the government. Viborg’s mayor and chairman of the Danish Municipalities (KL) Social Affairs Committee, Ulrik Wilbek (V), is optimistic about the future with expectations of increased funding for municipalities next year. The government’s economic report, presented by Minister of Finance Stephanie Lose (V), shows an expected growth in the Danish economy of 2.7 percent in 2024 and 1.8 percent in 2025, which is a significant upward revision from previous forecasts.

This positive news comes at a critical time when municipalities are facing economic negotiations. “It is a lovely time to have the economic report released because now we really have to start the economic negotiations,” says Ulrik Wilbek. He adds that the improved economic situation gives hope for better conditions for municipal finances. Municipalities have long been under pressure from rising expenses, especially in the specialized social sector, which covers residential services for adults with disabilities.

A new agreement with the government aims to give municipalities better opportunities to manage finances, including by introducing a cap on rates for private residential services. The implementation will take time, and in the meantime, there is a need for additional financial support. “I have just sat with a lot of municipalities saying that they simply do not have more money for this area. So I expect that there will be money for this area for some years until we can implement the agreements that are in place,” explains Wilbek.

Minister of Finance Nicolai Wammen (S) has announced that the new amount for economic leeway will be disclosed soon, which will provide a clearer indication of how much room there is for new political initiatives leading up to 2030. This positive economic development and the upcoming negotiations give hope that municipalities will be better equipped to handle the economic challenges ahead.

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