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Allowances for care expenses for disabled persons participating in active labour market programmes

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
The allowances were introduced as part of the 5th revision of the federal law on disability insurance in order to encourage the labour market re-integration of disabled people. / As of 2008, disabled people with caring responsibilities and without gainful employment can claim for caring allowances to compensate for additional caring expenses when they participate in active labour market programmes. Are eligible all those in charge of dependent children and other direct relatives. The maximum amount of caring allowances is set by the Federal Council.
Target group
Policy Field
  • family
  • social
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Introduced in 2008
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: unknown
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: unknown
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The main aim was to relieve obstacles and to encourage the labour market re-integration of disabled people.
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • subsidies/tax-credits (caring allowances for disabled caring people participating in active labour market programmes )
Intended target group
Disabled people with caring responsibilities.
Working age population
  • main source of income: social protection
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (Cantonal disability offices )
  • central state
Intended output
  • subsidies/tax-credits (caring allowances for disabled carers participating in active labour market programmes)
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
the caring allowance aims to improve employment prospects for disabled people, but empirical evidence of this impacts is still failing
Intended and unintended outcomes
unknown, but probably low proportion of disabled people
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