Social assistance in the coronavirus situation
Basic social assistance can be provided to individuals or families living or residing in Finland whose income and assets do not cover their essential daily needs, such as food and medicine.
Basic social assistance is intended for persons who are unable to make a living from work or self-employment, by receiving social security benefits, or by relying on their other income or assets. It is also intended for those who are entitled to maintenance payments but who are not supported by the person liable for maintenance.
Other benefits must be claimed before resorting to social assistance
Basic social assistance is a last-resort form of financial aid which is affected by all of the income and assets available to the applicants and their families, including any savings in a bank account. Other social security benefits are counted as income. Prior to applying for basic social assistance, customers must find out whether they might be entitled to other social benefits, including unemployment benefits, housing benefits, benefits for parents, or sickness allowance.
Because of the coronavirus outbreak, a number of temporary changes have been made to the unemployment benefits available to employees and self-employed persons, which will raise benefit levels and loosen some eligibility criteria. For more detailed information, see the section Changes to the unemployment benefit coverage for employees and self-employed persons.