Jobless dad-of-six welcomes Finland's basic income trial

Finland has started a two-year experiment with a universal basic income for 2,000 unemployed trial participantsFor just one hour of work, Juha Jarvinen had to fill out piles of paperwork only to see his unemployment insurance docked. Finland’s pro-austerity, centre-right government wants to test whether the guaranteed income, perhaps somewhat counterintuitively, spurs the jobless to get off the couch and find work. Jarvinen, a 37-year-old father of six, will receive the money no strings attached, in addition to his monthly child allowance benefits of 800 euros.


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