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Finland plans to give every citizen €800 a month and scrap benefits

Published 07/12/2015

Proposal would entitle each Finn to 800 euros tax free each month
Proposal would entitle each Finn to 800 euros tax free each month

Finland's government is drawing up plans to give every one of its citizens a basic income of €800 (£576) a month and scrap benefits altogether.

A poll commissioned by the agency planning the proposal, the Finnish Social Insurance Institute, showed 69% supported the basic income plan.

Prime Minister Juha Sipila was quote by QZ as backing the idea.

“For me, a basic income means simplifying the social security system,” he said.

The proposal would entitle each Finn to 800 euros tax free each month, which according to Bloomberg, would cost the government 52.2 billion euros a year.

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