1.9 Current debates and reforms
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Based on the Finnish Government’s decision on the 2nd of March 2023 (in Finnish), the relationship between gambling revenue and the state budget will be organised differently in the future. This means that from January 2024 the income from gambling revenue, which is allocated to science, art, sport, health and social and youth work, will be taken into the state budget without the current uses stipulated in the Lotteries Act. The obligating force for the system’s renewal is the will to reduce gambling-related harms with more effective action for responsibility. For more details about financing youth work in Finland, see the Youth Wiki/Finland 1.7 Funding Youth Policy.
As mentioned earlier, the National Youth Work and Policy Programme defines the most important central government objectives and measures concerning young people for the coming years. The parliamentary elections were held on April 2023 and the new programme for youth work and policy are under negotiation. Based on the webpages 'National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme' of the Ministry of Education and Culture in spring 2023: ´The Ministry of Education and Culture, in cooperation with other ministries central to improving the conditions in which young people grow up and live, is preparing proposals for the new programme's youth policy objectives and measures. An open consultation round on the draft programme will be held towards the end of the year.´ The preparation of the next programme will be directed by the Ministerial Working Group on Child and Youth Policy.