Finland - Benefits from the basic income discussed - January 31, 2017

As of 1 January 2017, the country has implemented a plan whereby unemployed citizens receive a basic monthly income. Created by the government agency responsible for social security benefits (KELA), it will be run as a pilot scheme in which 2,000 randomly selected unemployed people receive 560 euro every month in place of their existing social security payments. In this article the authors argue that, looking at the logic behind the experiment, a basic income has more advantages than disadvantages. The social security system becomes much simpler, with less benefit fraud, and the scheme will reward unpaid contributions to society.

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