Reduced basic amount

If you fail to look after your affairs and to make a living, the basic amount of social assistance may be reduced by up to 20% or by up to 40%.

The basic amount can be reduced by up to 20%

  • if, without good cause, you turn down an offer for work or public employment service that would provide you with a living for a reasonably long period of time.
  • if you have caused by your own actions a situation where work or public employment service cannot be offered to you
  • if you do not have vocational qualifications, are between 18 and 24 years of age, and have dropped out of a course of study or training or have turned down such a course with the result that you are not eligible for unemployment benefits
  • if you have quit rehabilitative work activity without good cause
  • if you have declined to participate in rehabilitative work activity or in drawing up an activation plan related to such activity or a multidisciplinary employment plan
  • if you have declined, without good cause, to draw up an integration plan or to participate in employment promotion measures agreed in the plan, or
  • if you have caused by your own actions a situation where an integration plan cannot be drawn up

The basic amount can be reduced by up to 40%

  • if you have acted in one of the ways described above, and the fact that you have done so can be considered to show that you are not willing to accept an offer of work or public employment service, or to participate in rehabilitative work activity or integration measures.
  • if your basic amount has already been reduced by up to 20%, and you then turn down an offer of a labour market policy measure without showing good cause
  • if you have caused by your own actions a situation where it is impossible to offer you the chance to participate in a labour market policy measure, and, further, you turn down an activity that would improve your functioning without showing good cause.

The basic amount can be reduced for up to two months at a time for any single reason.

The reduction of the basic amount only applies to the amount being paid to you, and not to the amounts being paid for example to your family members.

Cooperation between Kela and the municipal authorities

Kela is authorised to receive information from the municipality to help it consider whether to reduce the basic amount.

If the decision is made to reduce the basic amount, Kela will inform the municipal social services office and refer you to contact that office. They will draw up a plan outlining how you can increase your autonomy and independence and what could be done to support you in that effort. 

The reduction of the basic amount ends as soon as you remedy the situation (for example by registering as unemployed and seeking employment or by participating in rehabilitative work activity or integration measures).

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