In this case, the Finnish Society for Social Rights alleged that Finland is in breach of the Charter on the grounds that unemployment benefits for elderly persons have been gradually reduced and that the level of basic allowance, the labour market subsidy, falls below the requirements of the Charter.
In its decision the Committee unanimously concluded:
- that there is no violation of Article 12§3 of the Charter;
- that there is a violation of Article 13§1 of the Charter
The Committee concluded that the labour market subsidy, even taking into account its possible combination with other benefits, is not sufficient to enable its beneficiaries to meet their basic needs and therefore the situation is in violation of Article 13§1.