Land of £475 a month dole – even if you work: Unemployed in Finland to be paid £6,000 a year as part of social experiment

Land of £475 a month dole - even if you work: Unemployed in Finland to be paid £6,000 a year as part of social experiment

Jobless people are being paid a guaranteed basic income of nearly £6,000 a year in a radical experiment in Finland.

The Scandinavian country became the first in Europe to trial such a scheme, with 2,000 unemployed receiving 560 Euros (£475) a month for two years from January 1.

The recipients are free to spend the money on anything they choose, do not need to prove they are looking for work and will still receive the basic income even if they do get a full- or part-time job. Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipila wants to tackle the country’s unemployment problem Finnish government […]

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