(ed:..this is something new zealand could/should adopt – the cost-savings from doing away with most of the work and income govt. behemoth is very tempting…and all of those winz offices in small towns – often one of the grandest buildings in town..they can all be given back to those communities – for them to use as community education centres/youth centres/de facto town halls..whatever that community desires/thinks is the best use of that local asset..)
The Finnish centre-right government is austerity focused but is looking to reduce the country’s 8.5 per cent unemployment rate.
This trial is being viewed as a method of doing just that.
Supporters of a basic income argue it would help get unemployed people into temporary jobs – rather than forcing them to remain unemployed to qualify for benefits.
They say it would provide a safety net – address insecurities associated with workers not having full-time staff contracts and help boost mobility in the labour market as people would have a source of income between jobs.
The study will also look at the well-being of the participants and their experiences when communicating and conducting business with the authorities.