Finland - Basic income pilot scheme starts - August 31, 2016

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has published a draft bill in relation to the basic income pilot project. A pilot scheme is selecting 2,000 unemployed to receive a basic income of 560 euro a month. The pilot is due to get off the ground in January 2017. The monthly 560 euros is tax-free and paid by the Social Insurance Institution. Participation in the pilot is obligatory in order not to distort the results. The goal of the pilot is to encourage unemployed people to take a job. For this reason, the pilot works with a control group from unemployed people without a basic income.

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