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Statement 10 July 2017

General housing allowance must be made modern and equal by making it personal. Students begin to receive general housing allowance at the beginning of August – and contrary to the housing supplement of the student aid before it, general housing allowance finally takes real living costs into account. However, the housing allowance features a significant problem: it is awarded to the entire household. This amounts to an assumption that people living together are liable to provide maintenance for each other.

STATEMENT 21 April 2017

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki demands a raise in study grant for students with children – a provider supplement. In August, students begin to be covered by general housing allowance. This move improves the situation of many students, particularly those who live alone, but it treats students with children in particular unfairly, significantly decreasing their subsistence.

The Finnish Government continues to incapacitate civil society by ruthlessly cutting even more from development cooperation funds. In its budget session last year, the Government already subjected development cooperation appropriations to cuts amounting to around 400 million euros, almost half of the total. In the spending limits discussion on 5 April 2016, the Government decided to cut an additional 25 million euros from them. The new cuts target funds that are available from 2018 onwards.

STATEMENT 30 November 2015

The Finnish Government will discontinue the internationalisation of higher education institutions. Massive cuts targeted at higher education and the students' income jeopardise educational equality, and the introduction of tuition fees ends the era of free education that lasted for more than 40 years. The Student Union of the University of Helsinki calls for the importance of free education.

Statement on ticket pricing renewal of HSL

The student unions in the metropolitan area state the following on the ticket pricing renewal presented in the meeting of HSL Board on 20 Jan 2015.

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) demands that the alarmingly poor housing situation in the metropolitan area must be improved: we need more housing to Helsinki, especially for students. HYY is particularly concerned about the students' housing situation after the Government's decision to completely cut rental subsidies for student housing communities. HYY also wants to bring out the housing situation in the metropolitan area when crowning the Havis Amanda statue with a student cap on the eve of May Day.

Statement, 14 Feb 2014. Free for publication.

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) would like to encourage the Helsinki City Council to approve a council initiative on the pedestrian street experiment on Mannerheimintie between Postikatu and Pohjois-Esplanadi at its meeting on 12 Feb. ”The initiative of the council is a step towards a better Helsinki”, rejoices Chairperson of the Board Anna-Maija Riekkinen. ”The pedestrian street experiment would make it smoother and more pleasant to move around the city centre.”

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) opposes reforms planned for student financial aid, which would  more strictly limit the period when student financial aid can be received or change the aid into a more loan-oriented direction. On 20 Mar, HYY will participate in a mass demonstration arranged in Helsinki together with other student organisations for maintaining the current form of student financial aid.