One of the objectives of the basic income is to eliminate disincentives. A disincentive is a situation where working is not a worthwhile option for someone who is paid social security benefits because any earnings they would get would reduce their benefits with the result that their total income would increase only slightly or not at all.
A study group of 2,000 was selected by means of random sampling in December 2016. Included in the sampling are all persons between 25 and 58 whom Kela paid labour market subsidy or basic unemployment allowance in November 2016 for some other reason than a temporary layoff.
Anyone who is paid a basic income and who finds work during the experiment can keep the basic income. Wages, salaries and income from self-employment do not affect the amount of the basic income. The basic income is also not affected by whether the recipient is working on a full-time or part-time basis.
Anyone receiving unemployment benefits in addition to a basic income will need to complete unemployment status reports and submit them to Kela.
Many recipients of the labour market subsidy or basic unemployment allowance receive their benefits at a higher rate, such as when the benefit includes an additional amount for dependent children or for participation in an employment promotion measure. Their unemployment payments may be large enough that even after deduction of the basic income, some unemployment benefit still remains payable. If you only receive the regular labour market subsidy or basic unemployment allowance without any additional amounts, no benefit remains payable after the basic income has been deducted, which means that it is not necessary to submit unemployment status reports to Kela.
Starting a business does not prevent you from receiving basic income payments. Start-up grants or any other financial assistance for starting a business also do not affect the amount of the basic income or the terms under which it is paid.
The basic income is a fixed monthly payment of €560 and cannot be supplemented by an additional payment for children. Participants who have dependent children should also apply for unemployment benefits for the duration of the experiment. Unemployment benefits can include an increase for children. Because the full unemployment benefit including an increase for children exceeds the basic income, the exceeding part is paid on top of the basic income.
When a claim for housing benefit is decided, the basic income is taken into account at least at the amount of the basic unemployment allowance. Also other types of income that count towards housing benefits, such as wages and salaries, are taken into account as income when calculating housing benefits.
Yes, you can. If you begin a course of study while participating in the basic income experiment you can either
continue to participate in the experiment. In this case you will not qualify for financial aid for students, for the housing supplement for students (until 31 July 2017), or for government loan guarantees. However, you will be able to claim general housing allowance towards your housing expenses.
apply to Kela for financial aid for the duration of your studies. However, you cannot get financial aid at the same time as a basic income, which means that payment of the basic income will be stopped for as long as you receive financial aid for students. Payment can be resumed after you no longer receive financial aid.
Payment of certain social security benefits and a number of other restrictions can result in the payment of the basic income being stopped. Persons receiving a basic income must tell Kela of any changes which are relevant to the basic income or which disqualifies them from receiving a basic income.