Unemployed can use benefits to start companies, create jobs.
On Monday the Minister of Justice and Labour Jari Lindström presented a few of the government's unemployment benefit reform proposals. The reforms involve both the tightening and loosening of the programmes' rules. He said that if implemented, the measures could help 10,000 unemployed people find work.
Minister of Justice and Labour Jari Lindström. Image: Yle.
Nearly a week ago the government officially announced some of the programmes it has in mind to achieve its target of getting 110,000 unemployed people back to work. Some of the details began to emerge on Monday at a press conference with a presentation by Minister of Justice and Labour Jari Lindström.
Among other things, the proposed reforms to unemployment benefits include changes to how those euros can be spent.
Currently, the average unemployed person in Finland receives some 700 euros per month in support, but that money can only be spent on general living expenses, not for example, towards starting a business.
But according to Lindström, the reforms would enable individuals to use those funds as seed money towards building a new company and salary payments.
Under the new plan, it will ostensibly also be easier to start a new company, to recruit employees and to move house in order to land a job.
Lindström said the reforms would help out younger workers and foreigners in particular.
Increased burden on jobseekers
The minister said the plan would also increase some of the burden on the jobseekers themselves.
He said that in some cases, people unable to find work within their field of expertise may be called upon to take a job outside of their profession, for which they may not necessarily be trained. Others may be required to take available work that is not located near their current residence.
Lindström nevertheless insists that such issues would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
These are just the first glimpses into the proposed reforms, which will now be sent round for comment from various experts.
If they're approved, the changes are expected to be implemented as a two-year trial from the beginning of next year.
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