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Development compensation

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
If you are 18 but not 21 and do not meet the requirements for unemployment benefits you may receive development compensation provided that you take part in a labour market program. You apply for the compensation at the SIA, and may receive it for a maximum of 5 days a week, in correspondence with the extent of your labour market program participation. The benefit does not serve as a basis for your pension, for the right to vacation days or the right to sickness benefit. / / When attending a labor market program full time, youth with upper secondary school degree can receive 141 SEK per day, whereas youth without such a degree may receive 48 SEK per day.
Target group
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
2007, onging
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: costs in dec 2013: 95 433
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: -
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
In general the program is intended to strengthen the individuals possibility of returning to the labor market by tying the benefits to labor market programs intended to increase the individuals employability and chances of returning to/entering in to employment
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • liberalisation
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • benefit eligibility
  • training schemes
Intended target group
Unemployed youth 18-21, not eligible for unemployment benefits.
Working age population
  • employment situation (unemployed youth)
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
Clarification of the role of various actors
New or reformed policies of this type requiring changes in legislation always go out on referral before being decided upon and implemented. Such referral instances usually include municipalities, social partners, evaluative public authorities and relevant interest organizations
Intended output
  • benefit eligibility
  • training schemes
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
The policy has not been in place that long, and is also part of the bigger job-guarantee for youth policy package, as a possible means of training and financial support. No reliable evaluations on simply the development benefit. All in all, this makes it hard to draw conclusions on outcomes of the program.
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