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Basic income pilot study

Performing a basic income pilot study is included in the current Government Programme. The basic income pilot study is part of the Government key project called "Services to be based on customer needs". The pilot study will help to find out whether basic income can be a solution to:

  • reduce poverty and social exclusion
  • ease the bureaucracy relating to social benefits and taxation, and
  • encourage to working
    in a way that is sustainable from the perspective of public finances.

In the Government, the implementation of the basic income pilot study will be coordinated by the ministerial working group for wellbeing and health, chaired by Pirkko Mattila, Minister of Social Affairs and Health.

Ministerial working groups and ministers responsible for key projects

The basic income pilot study will be performed in phases. It will be started with a survey project on implementation of basic income. On the basis of the survey, a trial act may be prepared for the Parliament by 31 December 2016. The actual basic income pilot study should be carried out during 2017–2018, and the results of the study would be assessed in 2019.

Starting with a survey project

The basic income survey project will be divided into two parts: a preliminary survey and a further survey. The preliminary survey will be carried out by a group of researchers from the research department of the Social Insurance Institution (Kela) and from other research institutions, and the group will be led by Research Professor Olli Kangas. The group will map out how the basic income pilot study could be carried out. The preliminary survey shall be completed by 30 March 2016. After that, the further survey will be planning, in more detail, how the basic income pilot study should be carried out. Also a trial act may be prepared. The whole survey project shall be completed by 30 November 2016. The aim is to start the two-year pilot study from the beginning of 2017.

Inquiries:

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health:
Timo A. Tanninen, Ministerial Counsellor of Finance, tel. +358 2951 63572, timo.a.tanninen@stm.fi

Research Department of the Social Insurance Institution (Kela)
Olli Kangas, Head of Research Department, Research Professor. tel. +358 20 634 1935, olli.kangas@kela.fi

The Government's survey and research activities
Sari Löytökorpi, Project Manager, tel. +358 2951 60187, sari.loytokorpi@vnk.fi