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Entitlement to social assistance

You may be entitled to social assistance if your income is not enough for essential everyday expenditure, such as food and housing costs.

Social assistance is the last-resort form of financial assistance. Before applying for basic social assistance, you must find out if there are some other benefits or sources of income available to you. 

• Handling of basic social assistance (income support) is carried out by Kela

• Wellbeing services counties are responsible for supplementary and preventive social assistance. These can as a rule be granted only on basis of a special consideration. Note that you will always first need the decision on basic social assistance from Kela even though you only apply for supplementary or preventive social assistance from your wellbeing services county.



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Updated: 3/2/2023