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 do I need to do to keep my compensation?

To not risk losing your compensation, it is important that you look for work and accept the opportunities you are given so that you do not prolong your unemployment. For example, this means that you need to adhere to the plan you have with us and participate in meetings and other activities you have agreed with us. If you receive support from our suppliers, you also need to adhere to the plan you have with them.

You need to be active and look for jobs unless you have agreed otherwise with us. You also have to submit an activity report to us between the first and the fourteenth of each month.

It is important that you are aware of all applicable conditions and how your compensation may be affected if you neglect your job-seeking or prolong your unemployment.

Conditions for your compensation in programmes

You need to inform us if you get ill or are looking after a sick child and cannot participate in your programme. If you need time off you must first get this approved by us.

If you get ill

If you are looking after a sick child

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 compensation per day depends on factors such as your age and whether or not you meet the conditions for unemployment benefits from an unemployment insurance fund. If you have a compensation period from unemployment insurance, days with activity support are deducted from that period.

You can read about how much money you will get on the Swedish Social Insurance Agency’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