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Finland considers basic income to reform welfare system - BBC News #olsx #occupy
Finland considers basic income to reform welfare system - BBC News
The unemployment rate in Finland has risen to 10%, slightly above the European Union average
The Finnish government is considering a pilot project that would see the state pay people a basic income regardless of whether they work.
The details of how much the basic income might be and who would be eligible for it are yet to be announced, but already there is widespread interest in how it might work.
Prime Minister Juha Sipila has praised the idea. "For me, a basic income means simplifying the social security system," he said.
The scheme is of particular interest to people without jobs. In Finland, they now number 280,000 - 10% of the workforce.
With unemployment an increasing concern, four out of five Finns now are in favour of a basic income.
Paid without any need for work
Paid irrespective of any income from other sources
Additional income subject to income tax
Finland to initiate pilot project
Dutch city of
Utrecht to experiment with basic income
UK Green Party advocated similar "Citizen's Income"
at 2015 election
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