Funding for social welfare reform projects
Some four million euros have been granted by the government to support 39 projects planned as part of the reform of the social welfare system.
A main goal of the reform is to ensure the availability of social services nationwide by increasing regional cooperation in service production. A long-term aim is to guarantee that each district can provide a daycare centre, service centre for the elderly, social services office or child welfare centre or unit for substance abuse treatment.
The projects cover about 250 of Finland’s 444 municipalities and the funding for them covers the next two years.
At the end of February, the country’s provincial authorities agreed 12.3 million euros in funds for projects designed to improve services for the elderly and to prevent problems affecting children and families with children.
The projects funded by the government provision include general schemes to provide district social services, child welfare services, services for the elderly and people with disabilities, and social work and special services.