NAV hearing full of apologies, excuses

“I’m sorry … I apologize … I accept criticism … with the benefit of hindsight … I beg your pardon.”  That refrain became all but standard during two days of parliamentary hearings that ended  Friday into the unprecedented scandal at Norway’s state welfare agency NAV. It remains unclear, however, whether any of those responsible will lose […]

New commission for NAV complaints

Prime Minister Erna Solberg vowed at her annual pre-holiday press briefing on Tuesday that her government will “clean up” after what she readily admitted is a “scandal” at state welfare agency NAV. Efforts will also include formation of a new commission that will be set up to handle any complaints over the compensation that’s already […]

NAV admits blame in welfare scandal

An internal review has resulted in Norway’s state welfare agency admitting to several “possible reasons” for why it wrongly accused thousands of Norwegians of welfare fraud, many of whom were fined and jailed. It pointed to a lack of competence regarding EU regulations, inadequate personnel capacity to handle cases, along with misunderstandings and poor communication […]

‘Complicated’ to get free legal NAV help

The Norwegian government is now offering free legal assistance to those caught up in in the ongoing scandal around state welfare agency NAV. It’s already being harshly criticized, however, as being “hopelessly complicated.” The scandal affects those who traveled abroad while collecting unemployment benefits or sick pay, and later had their benefits withdrawn or were […]

Tax authority adds to NAV scandal

NAV isn’t Norway’s only state agency admitting to mistakes and apologizing to the public. The head of the state tax agency (Skatteetaten) also had to admit that it’s found 17,500 cases in which NAV clients were ordered to pay back welfare benefits in full, but didn’t get refunds themselves for the taxes they’d paid on […]

First head rolls in the NAV scandal

A massive scandal within Norway’s state welfare agency NAV has already claimed thousands of victims. Now it’s spreading within NAV’s own ranks, with the director of welfare benefits resigning her post at the end of this week, and leaders admitting that public confidence in the agency has been severely weakened. Management at NAV, which administers […]

NAV minister faces lack of confidence

The Reds Party has become the first to propose a lack of confidence vote in the government minister responsible for Norway’s scandalized state welfare agency NAV. Labour Minister Anniken Hauglie’s head could thus become the first to roll, unless she fires NAV boss Sigrun Vågeng first. The two are already quarreling in full view over […]

NAV scandal hits EØS expats hard

Expatriate workers in Norway who come from EU and European Economic Area (EØS) countries have also been hit hard by Norwegian welfare agency NAV’s misinterpretation of EU and EØS rules. Many of them have been wrongly stopped from traveling home when they’re sick or even to just visit family or attend a funeral, for fear […]

NAV’s welfare scandal expands

More than a thousand potential claims have already rolled into Norway’s embattled state welfare agency NAV, while state legal experts believe the actual number of wrongly convicted NAV clients has risen from 48 to at least 79. Prime Minister Erna Solberg stressed again over the weekend that the state will make up for its wrongdoing, […]

NAV scandal spoils prosecutor’s debut

Just as he took over his new high-ranking post as Norway’s state prosecutor, Jørn Sigurd Maurud had to declare a conflict of interest. He won’t be able to have anything to do with the legal aftermath of Norway’s biggest welfare and judicial scandal ever, since he lives with the Labour Party politician who was in […]