Social assistance

Last updated 18/06/2020 - 08:14

The number of basic social assistance recipients started to increase

In January–March, the number of basic social assistance recipients in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area grew by over 4 per cent when comparing the monthly averages to the corresponding period in the previous year. In January-March the number of people receiving basic social assistance per month was 37,300 (+3%) in Helsinki, 15,400 (+5%) in Espoo and 14,500 (+7%) in Vantaa.

Currently, a decline in the employment situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic increases need for basic social assistance, which is evident especially in the increased number of new recipients. It is likely that the number of recipients of basic social assistance will keep increasing in the coming months.