Plans For New Social Security Experiment

New form of social security would mean people have to take part in more activities, to qualify for benefits.

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Some local authorities in Finland will begin to experiment with a new type of ‘participatory’ social security at the beginning of 2018.

That’s according to a story by Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper this morning.

The proposed new plan would be aimed at people who are long term unemployed and those on income support.

Participatory social security means that people would only get state money if they participate in activities that are beneficial to themselves, their community and to society. If someone is not willing to participate, it would mean their benefits are reduced.

The trial will cost up to €2 million, reports the newspaper, but only ten municipalities have shown an interest to take part in the experiment.