Weak governance on climate change adaptation of the built environment
Weak governance and a lack of national follow-up means that it is not possible to assess whether climate adaptation efforts lead to reduced vulnerability to climate-related risks for Sweden’s municipalities. The Swedish National Audit Office is issuing a number of recommendations for more effective central government efforts in this area.
A standard rate for school vouchers should be introduced
The school voucher system was introduced in connection with the school choice reform, and has been important for pupils to be able to make a school choice. The Swedish National Audit Office’s audit shows that the system has some disadvantages, and that the Government should ensure the introduction of a nationally determined standard rate for compensation to independent schools.
Confidentiality rules prevent efficient supervision of pharmacies and wholesalers
Central government supervision of trade in medicinal products must protect human life and health, and ensure that the pharmaceutical subsidies are used correctly. The Swedish National Audit Office audit shows that supervision is not efficient because the agencies responsible cannot share important information with each other.
Poorly prepared initiative on reduced energy tax for data centres
To attract investment, the energy tax for data centres was greatly reduced in 2017. The Swedish National Audit Office’s audit shows that the decision was based on documentation with clear deficiencies, in which neither the companies’ nor society’s needs were addressed. As yet no evaluation has been carried out.