Social assistance

Last updated 18/03/2021 - 12:58

The number of basic social assistance recipients still higher than the previous year

In October-December the number of basic social assistance recipients in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area was 7 per cent higher than the previous year. The average monthly number of people receiving basic social assistance was 37,800 (+6% compared with previous year) in Helsinki, 14,700 in Espoo (+5%) and 16,100 in Vantaa (+10%).

The weakened employment situation in 2020, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has increased the need for basic social assistance.