Social assistance

Last updated 03/04/2019 - 13:52

The number of basic social assistance recipients decreased in the Helsinki metropolitan area

In April–June, the number of basic social assistance recipients in the Helsinki metropolitan area decreased by 3 per cent in comparison to the corresponding period in the previous year. The number of social assistance recipients decreased in Helsinki in particular. Kela took over the granting and payment of basic social assistance from municipalities at the beginning of 2017.

The average monthly number of people receiving basic social assistance was 41,600 in Helsinki, 16,300 in Vantaa and 15,300 in Espoo. Some recipients of social assistance also received supplementary and/or preventive social assistance from their municipality. In Helsnki and Espoo, the numbers of supplementary and/or preventative social assistance recipients increased and decreased in Vantaa compared to the previous year. The average monthly number of people receiving supplementary or preventive social assistance was 9,800 in Helsinki, and 3,100 in Espoo. In Vantaa, an average of 1,700 persons received supplementary assistance and an average of 600 received preventive assistance. Some recipients of social assistance received both supplementary and preventive assistance.