The government has drawn up an action plan for combating poverty in Norway. This plan forms part of a larger policy that covers
- social equalisation
- social inclusion
- combating poverty
The plan sets forth measures designed to provide everyone with opportunities to enter employment, as well as to provide children and young people with opportunities for social participation and self-development. It also sets forth measures to improve the living conditions of the poorest in society. The legislation that regulates the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) also has the objective of improving the living conditions of the poorest in society and of promoting social and economic security.
The County Governor role in providing training
The County Governor has a role in organising training, development, competence-enhancing and quality-management services for NAV, as well as in following up financial advice provided by NAV and the social services it provides to children and young people.
Measures to combat poverty
The County Governor is also responsible for administering a number of assistance programmes. All municipalities can apply for grants under these programmes, which form part of the action plan to combat poverty. The County Governor and the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) are responsible for deciding which municipalities should receive grants. The objective of grants made to combat child poverty is to support measures to prevent and reduce poverty and social exclusion among children, young people and families with dependent children that are recipients of welfare benefits from NAV. Municipal housing welfare services will also be strengthened and developed so that more homeless people and alcohol and drug addicts can be provided with housing and follow-up.