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Social Assistance in Helsinki in the 2010s

Published 18.9.2017Edited 3.6.2024

In the beginning of 2017, the administrative responsibility for basic social assistance was transferred from the municipalities to Kela. The transfer was expected to reduce poverty and improve access to primary benefits. In addition, it was thought to simplify and equalise the procedures related to decisions and payments, ease the compilation of statistics, and free resources for social work in the municipalities.

The aim of this project is to study the effects of the transfer on basic social assistance recipients and applicants and to examine how receiving other benefits from Kela linked to social assistance recipiency in 2011–2019, i.e. before and after the transfer. Additionally, this project explores the effects of lowering the reimbursement rate of Type 2 diabetes medicines in 2017 on the use of social assistance. The study focuses on the population of Helsinki during the abovementioned period.

The project combines the City of Helsinki’s social assistance data from 2011–2017 with Kela’s register data from 2011–2019.


Project Implementation Period

18.9.2017–31.12.2023. The project has ended.

Project Results

Cooperation Partners

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