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Unemployment Insurance and Housing Allowance: Understanding Suspected Abuse in Finland’s Income Register System


Feb 11, 2024
Instances of Kela subsidy abuse are infrequent

According to Kela, the income register has helped reduce suspicions of abuse in some social benefits. Despite this, there were still just under half of all paid benefits suspected of abuse last year. Unemployment insurance had the highest number of suspected abuses, followed by basic income support and general housing support. However, in previous years, unemployment insurance accounted for the largest share of suspected abuse. The income register system has been effective in reducing suspicions of abuse for both unemployment insurance and housing allowance.

Kela defines cases of suspected abuse as those where the customer has been consulted about suspected abuse and where a decision has been made on the matter. Abuse is considered if the beneficiary intentionally tries to get a benefit unjustifiably or more than they are entitled to. It is important for Kela to continue monitoring these cases and taking action to protect the integrity of the welfare system.

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