HS/STT: Increasingly many without basic income guarantee

News agency STT and the Helsingin Sanomat reported on Tuesday that a growing number of adults in Finland are not only completely without income, but also without the basic income guarantee (toimeentulotuki in Finnish), due to tightened social security regulations.

These facts came to light in a report just published by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela). There were around 26,000 households without any income in 2009, according to the report. Of these approximately 10,800 received only the basic income guarantee, and 3350 received only accommodation support.

Many of those without income were people living alone. But the number also included families with children: in November of last year, according to the report, around 2560 under-18-year-olds were living in households with no form of income.