Finland - Once more about the basic income - February 28, 2017

Calls for a universal basic income have been growing in recent years, particularly with the rise of precarious employment in industrialised societies. Most current models of social security mean that recipients of out of work benefits are often penalised for taking on short-term or part-time work. But basic income is not without its critics. An economist at the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions, SAK, welcomes attempts to reform the social security system, but says basic income is not the best mechanism to do so because the model trialled now is economically unrealistic. It would increase the deficit by 5%. A cost-neutral basic income, on the contrary, would not incentivise to work, or it would lead to a reduction in the level of social security.

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