Left Alliance wants more money for children and young people News
Center Director Annika Saarikko has threatened to resign from the government if the coalition partners try to exceed next year’s budget.
Left Alliance chair Li Andersson on Sunday said its party is demanding more resources for child and youth services affected by the pandemic.
– The Left Alliance will be a regular part of next spring [budget] additional funding for child and youth services will be proposed in the negotiation process, “said Andersson at the Left Alliance Party Congress in Helsinki on Sunday.
This statement was a direct reference to the President of the Center Annika Saarikko‘s savings comments at its own gala meeting in Rovaniemi on Saturday.
Andersson criticized Saarikko’s comments about the importance of keeping the government’s budget.
“Our generation grew during the recession of the 1990s,” Andersson said of Saarikko’s statements that those now in office are accustomed to low-interest money being offered throughout their adult lives.
“Temporary crisis funding will end next year. The responsibility for the future of children and young people cannot lie with the Left Alliance or the Minister of Education alone. A government committed to a child-friendly policy cannot betray its promises,” he said.
Saarikko, who is the minister of finance, said on Saturday that the Center will resign from the government if its coalition partners try to exceed the agreed budget framework.
The budget framework sets agreed spending limits for each fiscal year that the current government has exceeded during this term as additional spending helps the nation weather the interest rate crisis. Next year’s budget framework negotiations will decide how the government will save 370 million euros.