The decision on the merits of the complaint lodged by The Central Association of Carers in Finland against Finland is public
The Central Association of Carers in Finland v. Finland, Complaint No. 70/2011[22/04/2013] The complaint was registered on 6 July 2011.
The complainant organisation alleged that the right of elderly persons to social protection is violated because informal carers are in an unequal position depending on where in Finland they live, and invoked Article 23 (Right of elderly persons to social protection) of the Charter.
In its decision, the European Committee of Social Rights held that the lack of uniformity in the services provided for elderly persons throughout Finland, resulting from the lack of uniformity in the funding of such services by municipalities, does not as such violate Article 23 of the Charter. However, the fact that the legislation allows for practices leading to a situation where a part of the elderly population are denied access to informal care allowances or other alternative support constitutes a violation of this Article.
The Committee concluded unanimously that there is a violation of Article 23 of the Charter.
Complaint No. 70/2011
Summary of the decision on the merits
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