In recent years, the income register has been instrumental in reducing suspicions of abuse in some social benefits. 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, this has changed thanks to the implementation of the income register system which has reduced suspicions of abuse for both unemployment insurance and housing allowance according to Kela.
It’s worth noting that cases of suspected abuse registered by Kela involve beneficiaries who have been consulted about suspected abuse and where Kela has made a decision on the matter. Abuse is defined as when a beneficiary intentionally tries to get a benefit unjustifiably or more than they are entitled to.
While there is no doubt that the income register has played a significant role in reducing suspicions of abuse in some social benefits, it’s important to remember that it is not foolproof. There may still be instances where abuses occur despite these measures in place. It’s crucial for individuals and organizations involved in administering social benefits to continue to be vigilant and take appropriate action if any suspicious activity is detected.