Preparations for the basic income experiment continue
An experiment testing an unconditional basic income is set to begin on 1 January 2017. The enabling Act of Parliament was passed on 13 December 2016. The experiment will be implemented by Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland.
Preparations for the basic income experiment are proceeding apace at Kela. The focus is currently on staff training, customer communications and creating a technical platform for payments. The first payments of a basic income are scheduled to be made on 9 January 2017.
Participants for the experiment will be selected by random sample in mid-December. A random sample algorithm used to draw the sample was posted on Kela's website at the beginning of December. The selected persons will be contacted at the end of December.
A working group of researchers from a range of organisations under the project leadership of Kela has examined how the basic income experiment should be carried out. The participants will be drawn from among the persons whom Kela pays unemployment benefits, with certain restrictions. The study group of 2,000 persons will be paid a basic income for two years. Participation in the experiment is obligatory in order not to skew the results. The amount of the basic income per month is €560. It is paid by Kela.
Website for customers opened about the basic income experiment
A website on the basic income experiment has been opened at www.kela.fi/basicincome. It contains information on the implementation of the experiment, the amount of the basic income, and the relationship of the basic income to other social security benefits. There is also a section with answers to frequently asked questions.