Centre Party chair Annika Saarikko says she is not in favour of Kela ending benefits for parents who care for toddlers at home, reports Helsingin Sanomat. This week a group of researchers commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment produced a report suggesting that removing the home care allowance was a key factor in raising employment.

“Uncertainty among young adults is a main factor underlying the low birth rate. This situation shouldn’t be exacerbated by weakening benefits for families,” Saarikko, who also serves as the Minister of Science and Culture, wrote on Facebook.

HS, however, writes that the government party has criticised its coalition partners for not taking tough measures to improve employment.

Last month, the minister in charge of employment, Tuula Haatainen, said the administration was giving itself a longer timeframe for reaching its self-imposed target of a 75-percent employment rate, which means adding some 60,000 jobs to the labour force.

Private healthcare providers told Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet they are prepared to roll out mass Covid vaccinations, but that their role in the inoculation scheme remains unclear.

At the end of last year Mehiläinen inoculated some 100,000 people against seasonal flu strains. However, that vaccine was purchased in an open market while Covid vaccines are only arriving in Finland through a coordinated EU programme.

On Tuesday health officials said that vaccinating the whole population would likely take until the end of the year.

This spring, transport officials are aiming to relieve charging cable headaches for electric vehicle drivers, according to Ilta-Sanomat.

IS says that as of March, charging stations must prominently display whether they also provide cables for electric vehicles.

A hexagon marked with “C” will indicate that the station is outfitted with a standard Type2 connector.

The move follows a legislative change being prepared by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom.


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