Current issues concerning activity model
New ways to indicate activity
New set of training programs and services acceptable to the activity model were agreed in the Government’s spending limits at the beginning of April. In future, these will include for instance training programs provided by the trade unions, civic organisations, municipalities and other corresponding quarters, if it has been financed from public funds and the TE Office has approved the training. In addition, training provided by the employer to the redundant may be accepted as activity, if it is in accordance with the competitiveness pact.
The Government also decided that it would be possible to study vocational skills and entrepreneurial studies for six months whilst applying for the unemployment benefit even without the TE Office examining the need for training. During the studies, increased component would not be paid with the daily allowance as opposed to other independent studies. However, the studies would be accepted to accrue the activity.
New ways to fulfill the activity requirement will be put into operation, when the legislation in question has been prepared, accepted and the regulation is in effect. More detailed timetable is not known at the moment. We will be keeping track of the additions made to the activity model, so it is recommended to follow the bulletins on our website.
First bits of information of the realization of activity model
The activity model has been in effect from the beginning of this year, and the first monitoring periods of 65 days were ended in March or April. Actual statistics of the fulfilling of activity requirement, or how many was affected by the decreasing of the daily allowance, are not yet in use. Numbers that are more accurate are available when the first monitoring periods of greater number of applicants will end.
According to the information we now have, it seems that about 40 per cent of the applicants would receive decreased daily allowance after the first monitoring period. Approximately 25 per cent of the applicants are not within the scope of monitoring the activity, such as the temporarily laid-off (16 per cent of all of the applicants in April), those receiving or applying disability benefits and family carers. It appears that the rest have fulfilled the activity requirement during the first monitoring period.
Read more about the activity model and indicating activity from our website.