Kela has reported that the income register has significantly reduced suspicions of abuse in some social benefits. Despite this, 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. In previous years, unemployment insurance accounted for the largest share of suspected abuse. However, according to Kela, the income register system has reduced suspicions of abuse for both unemployment insurance and housing allowance.
Cases of suspected abuse registered by Kela involve consulting with customers about suspected abuse and making a decision on the matter. Abuse is considered if the beneficiary intentionally tries to obtain a benefit unjustifiably or more than they are entitled to. It’s important to note that this information is only part of a larger article that covers various topics and does not directly relate to social benefits abuse from Kela.