The basic income experiment  concluded at the end of 2018

The basic income experiment ended on 31 December 2018. The last payments to participants were made on 4 December 2018. During the experiment, participants had the choice of claiming an unemployment benefit or applying for some other benefit for which they may be eligible. In November, Kela has sent basic income recipients a letter informing them about the end of the experiment.

How to proceed at the end of the basic income experiment

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 are unemployed or partially unemployed

  1. 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 without delay.
  2. apply to Kela for an unemployment benefit either online or on a paper form. You must apply in order to be paid unemployment benefits.
  3. If you are registered as a jobseeker and have applied to Kela for unemployment benefits during the experiment, complete an unemployment status report once every four weeks.

Kela at your service

If you have received basic income payments from Kela and need advice on how to claim other benefits, please contact us by phone. Customer service specialists are available to answer your questions between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

You can also book an appointment for an office visit or for phone service. It is a good idea to book an appointment if your circumstances have changed and you need help with applying for Kela benefits and cannot find the information you need on Kela’s website.

Information on other benefits

Benefits for unemployed jobseekers

If TE Services has imposed 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 so that the specifics of your situation can be looked at in more detail.

Under the terms of the activation model for unemployment benefits, you can qualify for full unemployment benefits if you meet specific criteria for activity. Your activity is monitored in payment periods consisting of 65 days. You meet the criteria if you complete at least 18 hours of paid employment, earn at least 241 euros by self-employment or spend at least 5 days in employment-promoting services arranged by the TE Services during the 65-day period.

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

Assistance for housing

If you have a low income and cannot meet your housing costs, you may have a right to a housing allowance. The housing allowance is granted to the entire household as a whole. You can apply for housing allowance retroactively for up to one month. The housing allowance is payable from the beginning of the month preceding application.

Social assistance

Social assistance is a form of last-resort financial support. You can apply for basic social assistance from Kela if all your earnings and assets and other social security benefits that you may have been awarded (such as the general housing allowance) are not sufficient to cover your necessary everyday living expenses, such as food and housing.

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