How temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak affects other benefits

Temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak counts as income in relation to many benefits, including the following:

  • social assistance
  • child care supplement
  • general housing allowance
  • the annual income review for student financial aid.

Any benefits which you may have been granted and which are relevant to the payment of temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak are known to Kela, so you do not have to report them. 

Situations in which you cannot get temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak

You cannot get temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak if you

  • are on maternity, special maternity, paternity or parental leave
  • are on child care leave
  • have registered as an unemployed jobseeker
  • have been laid off temporarily (furloughed).

Further, you cannot get assistance if you are a current recipient of

  • unemployment allowance
  • labour market subsidy
  • sickness allowance
  • infectious disease allowance.

Tell Kela if your circumstances change in a way that makes you no longer eligible for temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak.