Activity support and development allowance

When you are looking for work and taking part in one of our programmes, you can receive benefit from Försäkringskassan for that period. The benefit you receive is called activity support or development allowance.

How do I receive benefit?

Once you have been enrolled in one of our programmes, you apply for benefit from Försäkringskassan (Swedish Social Insurance Agency). You apply for one month at a time in arrears. The easiest way is to apply is on Försäkringskassan’s website. There, you will find more information about how to apply and when the benefit will be paid out to you.

Apply for benefit from Försäkringskassan

What is required to receive benefit?

When you take part in a programme, it is important that you follow the plan you have with us. This means, for example, that you must take part in the activities we have agreed on. If you are getting support from one of our suppliers, you must also follow the plan you and the supplier have agreed on. Unless otherwise agreed with us, you must be an active job-seeker and apply for jobs.

You need to submit an activity report each month where you write what activities you have carried out and list all the jobs you have applied for. These could be advertised positions, contacts you have made with potential employers, expressing your interest or sending them your CV, and/or jobs that Arbetsförmedlingen has suggested to you or instructed you to apply for. You must submit your activity report between the 1st and 14th of each month.

You must notify us if you become ill or need to look after a sick child and are unable to take part in your programme.

How much money do I receive?

When you take part in a programme, you will receive a fixed amount per day for maximum five days a week. You can apply for benefit for each day you take part in your programme.

Your benefit per day will depend among other things on your age and whether you satisfy the requirements for unemployment benefit or not. You can read about the size of the benefit on Försäkringskassan’s website.

If you are taking part in a programme (Försäkringskassan's website)

Questions and answers

When is the money paid to me?

Försäkringskassan pays you the money on the 26th of every month. For you to be able to receive the money on the 26th Försäkringskassan must have your application by the 7th of every month at the latest.

If you apply later than the 7th, your benefit will be paid at the earliest on the 26th of the following month. If you do not apply before the end of the month, you risk receiving no benefit for the entire previous month.

What happens if I fall sick?

If you become ill, it is important you report this to us on the very first day you are ill. Otherwise you may lose your benefit for the days when you are ill.

If you fall sick

What happens if my child falls sick?

If you need to stay at home to take care of children who have fallen sick, it is important that you contact us on the very first day.

If you take care of a sick child

What do I do if I need time off?

If you need time off, you must first get consent from us. Only Arbetsförmedlingen can approve time off, not an organiser.

Can I work at the same time as I am taking part in a programme and receiving benefit?

Yes, you can work while you are taking part in a programme. But your benefit will then be reduced by the amount that you are paid in wages. It is Försäkringskassan that makes that calculation.

Can I receive parental allowance at the same time as I receive benefit?

Yes, you can receive parental allowance while you are taking part in a programme but your benefit will then be reduced by the amount you are receiving in parental allowance. That calculation is made by Försäkringskassan.

If you are taking part in a programme (Försäkringskassan's website)

If you are taking part in the establishment programme

If you are taking part in the establishment programme, you can receive introduction benefit and possibly also a housing supplement or establishment supplement. Read about what benefit you are entitled to.

Introduction benefit

Warning or suspension from benefit

If you do not comply with the conditions for receiving benefit, you may receive a warning or be suspended from your right to benefit for one or several days.

Warning or suspension from compensation for a programme