Oulu’s Hiukkavaara has denser infants than anywhere else in Finland, as well as users of child home care support. HS asked what thoughts the intentions to remove home care allowance evoke in the area.
Babies in their carriages, carriages or sledges – there are no signs of a declining birth rate on the streets of Oulu’s Hiukkavaara.
The residential area, which has recently risen to the former barracks area of the army, has a higher density of young children than any other postal code area in Finland: more than one in ten residents is under three years old.
The large number of children is also reflected in the district’s home care support recipients. The Hiukkavaara postcode area (90670) is home to relatively the largest number of taxpayers receiving home care support for children. Almost 10 percent of the taxpayers in the area receive support.
One of them is Jonna Vilppola, which arrives at the grocery store in the middle of a snowstorm Helmi Immonen, 11 months, in his wagons.
Vilppola, who has been with home care support since November, has been following the government’s reflections on changing the support to improve employment.
He speculates that if the subsidy were to run out altogether, it would have its own impact on an economy like his family.
“The support is small at the moment, but still large enough to be able to cover a nipple of our own expenses. The other parent will then be able to cover their own and the child’s expenses and perhaps take more responsibility for housing and so on. ”
In Oulu in addition to the home care allowance, you will receive a municipal supplement of 80 euros for the youngest child in the family for a while. The supplement, payable for one and a half years, will be abolished at the end of February.
“The drop was stark when I stayed on home care support. When the municipal supplement is removed, a large percentage of the support will leave, ”Vilppola calculates.
According to Vilppola, however, the support is already so small that “yes it puts pressure to go to work”.
“Especially when not covered by other subsidies. If you receive housing allowance or income support, it is a different matter, because the family’s overall income situation does not change so much, ”Vilppola reminds.
Vilppola’s home care support period ends in April, when he returns to his fixed-term job. Small support is one reason, but there are other reasons.
“Of course it contributes. Maybe if there was a bigger income, it would be more fun to be at home and it would be possible to keep even another car to get around better. ”
Short Vilppola chose the home care support period mainly because he did not dare to put the child in such care when he was so young. Another challenge is the low number of care places in the new residential area.
“We have applied for a place in the area already in the autumn and we have not received, and we do not have the prospect of doing so. If there were more care places in this area, I would be happy to go to work already. Now the thought is that if you have to drive a child somewhere far away. ”
Member of the Greens Saara Hyrkkö has proposed an earmarked portion for home care support for fathers.
It is a good idea for Vilppola to earmark support for fathers.
“However, the overall situation of the family has a lot to do with how it makes it work. We also have the intention that, if possible, the man will do at least less work when he himself returns to work, even if he is not able to stay fully on home care support, ”says Vilppola.
Second a parent of a small child in particulate matter Aleksi Mainio says she was on parental leave and home care support for the firstborn of the family I moved, 9 months, with the last two weeks.
There are months ahead until next autumn, when the child will start treatment and the father will return to work.
Mainio would maintain home care support in some form, even in terms of birth.
“I would be happy to support everyone if it sticks to it. If a parent wants to be home with a child, yes I would call them. At least with these two weeks of experience, I can say that. ”
Mainio had already thought about his own solution in advance. “This way you can get to know the child properly.”
At the time of returning to work, the payment of the allowance is irrelevant for the Mainio family.
“However, the money is that small, three hundred euros a month. The main motivator here was to be allowed to be with the child. The support should be much higher so that there is a longer period of care leave. ”
On the other hand, if the home care allowance had been earmarked for fathers, Fathers would be more likely, in Mainio’s opinion, to stay home to care for their young children.
Arttu Kuivala to pull the sled half-year-old first child Rowan. Modern rows of houses line the fairway.
Kuivala is currently on a two-month period of parental leave, and with her husband, she has been thinking that home care allowance may be used shortly before the child starts daycare.
“If a child is nine months old when parental leave ends, it may be too early to put in care.”
However, the goal in the family is for both to return to work soon. There is therefore only a need for support for a short time.
“There are no plans for the child to be in home care until the age of three.”
At least not Kuivala would give up support for home care completely. “It can, of course, be considered whether the support period could be shortened to three years now.”
Kuivala does not consider it necessary to earmark support for fathers. “It’s good that parents are free to decide.”