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Expanded unemployment benefits extended to June

Exceptions including the increased non-deductible 500-euro allowance were due to expire in March.

Sosiaali- ja terveysministeri Aino-Kaisa Pekonen.
Minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen: exceptions to unemployment benefit rules will be extended to 30 June Image: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

Minister of Social Affairs and Health Aino-Kaisa Pekonen (Left) has announced that expanded unemployment benefits due to expire in March will now remain in place until the end of June 2021.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the announcement covers exceptions made to the pre-pandemic benefits system, including the increase in the portion of benefit payments that are unaffected if jobseekers carry out paid work.

Unemployment benefit recipients will continue to be able to earn up to 500 euros a month without it affecting their benefit payments, at least until the newly-extended scheme ends on 30 June.

The Ministry says its aim is to secure the livelihoods of people who have either been temporarily laid off or have lost their jobs due to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The expanded mobility and relocation allowance will also continue until the end of June, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

The allowance will continue to be available to people working full-time and whose daily commute at the start of their employment takes at least two hours.

The government will also continue to pay unemployment benefit as an advance for a period of up to six months, an increase from the previous two-month period.

Entrepreneurs will continue to benefit from an exception relating to the adjustment of business income, based on their own declaration, the ministry press release said.

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