Throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the large number of voluntary efforts and initiatives to mitigate its effects have received a lot of attention – not least the work carried out by voluntary organisations. The government is now making it possible to recompense voluntary organisations out of appropriation 2:4 Emergency Preparedness in order to improve the ability to coordinate actions during the coronavirus pandemic. In a decision, on May 14th, the government changed MSB’s appropriation directions for the 2020 budget year. This decision means that it will be possible to use the appropriation, by a maximum sum of SEK 10 million, towards voluntary organisations’ ability to coordinate actions during the ongoing pandemic.
These actions can involve making purchases of food and medicine for persons in certain risk groups, or providing reinforcement resources in terms of medical care and transport. This in turn means that municipalities can be supported or relieved, allowing trained healthcare staff to concentrate on the areas in which they are most needed.