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Supplementary or preventive social assistance

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  • 27 municipalities
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The supplementary and preventive social assistance is the last alternative for financial support. The aim is to promote the social security and independence of the person or family as well as to prevent marginalisation.

The wellbeing services county of Southwest Finland offers this service starting from 1 January 2023.

Do the following

You can apply for the basic social assistance in Kela. In the wellbeing services county, you can apply for supplementary and preventive assistance if you have special expenditure which the basic social assistance does not cover. You must have a valid decision on basic social assistance granted by Kela. The attachments you need depend on the purpose of the social assistance. You can ask for advice regarding applying for the social assistance at the social services of your municipality of residence.

To whom and on what terms

The basic social assistance application must be accepted by Kela as a precondition to applying for supplementary or preventive social assistance. The social assistance is meant to be a temporary help and the last benefit option.

Background information

A person can apply for supplementary or preventive social assistance from their region’s social welfare services after they have received a decision on basic social assistance from Kela. The application can be submitted to Kela while applying for basic social assistance. The decision on social assistance will be issued within seven working days at the latest. If the situation is urgent, the decision can be issued on the following working day after the submission of the application.

The purpose of the assistance is to secure the person’s livelihood and promote their ability to cope independently. Assistance can also be granted for special or exceptional situations, such as for the costs arising from the birth of a child or burial of a loved one.

Preventive assistance is available for reasons that can be considered necessary for improving a person’s situation in life. For example, assistance can be granted to alleviate the difficulties caused by over-indebtedness or a sudden deterioration in the person’s financial situation.

The service is provided by

The wellbeing services county of Southwest Finland

Responsible for the service

The wellbeing services county of Southwest Finland
Text edited by: The wellbeing services county of Southwest Finland
Updated: 1/1/2023