Kela’s Income Register Reduces Suspected Abuse in Social Benefits: Analysis of Past and Present Trends

Instances of Kela subsidy abuse are infrequent

In recent years, the income register has played a crucial role in reducing suspicions of abuse in social benefits. According to Kela, the number of suspected abuses has remained low between 2018 and 2023, with just under half of all paid benefits being suspected of abuse last year. Basic income support had the most suspicions of abuse, followed by unemployment insurance and general housing support.

However, previous years saw a different picture. Unemployment insurance accounted for the largest share of suspected abuse in past years. Kela’s income register system has been instrumental in reducing suspicions of abuse for unemployment insurance and housing allowance, as per their report.

Cases of suspected abuse registered by Kela are those where the customer has been consulted about suspected abuse and where Kela has made a decision on the matter. Abuse is considered if the beneficiary intentionally tries to get a benefit unjustifiably or more than they are entitled to. The rest of the content in the article is not directly related to this information about benefits abuse from Kela.

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