The basic income experiment will end on 31 December 2018. The last payments to participants were made on 4 December 2018. If you have been paid a basic income and have not applied for any other benefits to which you are entitled during the experiment, you must now apply for them separately.
If you know that you will be unemployed or partially unemployed after the experiment ends, make sure that you are registered with the TE Services as an unemployed jobseeker. If this is not the case, register as instructed by the TE Services. Next, apply to Kela for an unemployment benefit either online or on a paper form. You must apply in order to be paid unemployment benefits.
A helpline for participants in the basic income experiment is available at 020 371 017 between 9:00 and 15:00, Monday to Friday. Call the helpline for information about the end of the basic income experiment and about how to apply for other benefits. You can also book an appointment with a Kela service point or make a phone appointment. Book an appointment well before the basic income experiment is scheduled to end.
If TE Services imposes a mandatory waiting period on you before the end of 2018, that may prevent you from getting unemployment benefits even after the basic income experiment has ended. A waiting period may be imposed if you quit or decline work, turn down an offer to participate in an employment-promoting service or end it prematurely, or do not comply with the terms of your employment plan. Being employed, self-employed or a student may also affect your eligibility for unemployment benefits. It is important to contact Kela or the TE Services before the basic income experiment ends so that the specifics of your situation can be looked at in more detail.
Unemployed jobseekers without vocational qualifications must complete a 21-week qualifying period in order to get labour market subsidy. If you do not have vocational qualifications, the qualifying period may affect your eligibility for labour market subsidy payments. If you are paid unemployment benefits when the basic income experiment ends, you need not complete a qualifying period. More information about the qualifying period
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.