Finland - Citizens’ initiative to scrap harsh activation policy - December 31, 2017

National news agency YLE listed the most important changes for the new year. The state national pension, which tops up income-related pensions, is to be frozen in 2018 with no index increases. The guarantee or basic pension, which is paid to the very poorest pensioners, will be increased by 15 euro a month. But the most prominent is the new act on labour market activation. This provision in the unemployment benefits legislation reduces benefit payments by 4.65 percent in cases where over a three-month period unemployed persons do not work enough or participate in programmes that would help them finding a job. There will be a check every 65 days of unemployment, with the risk of this penalty if a worker is not undertaking work-related training or working at least 18 hours. Meanwhile a citizens’ initiative has started to cancel the act.

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