The Development and Administrative Services Centre KEHA (KEHA Centre) and the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Uusimaa (ELY Centre of Uusimaa) will begin to use the pension and benefit data of the Incomes Register as of 1 January 2021. Since 1 January 2020, the KEHA Centre and ELY Centre have used the income information of the Incomes Register.
Income and benefit information obtained from the Incomes Register is used in the payment of pay subsidy and start-up grants, and in the processing of pay security. The KEHA Centre handles almost all payments based on agreements and decisions made by the ELY Centres and TE Offices on discretionary government aid. Pay security issues are processed on a centralised basis for the whole of Finland in the ELY Centre of Uusimaa.
The Incomes Register is an electronic database containing comprehensive information on wages, pensions and benefits paid to citizens. Employers and other payers are obliged to report the salaries and benefits they have paid to the Incomes Register. Users of the data will only be able to access the Incomes Register entries to which they are entitled and which they need. The Incomes Register was introduced at the beginning of 2019, and since then, all salaries paid have been reported to the Incomes Register. From 2021 onwards, information on pensions and benefits will also be reported to the Incomes Register.
The payment decisions of the KEHA Centre are based on up-to-date salary information from the Incomes Register, and later, information on benefits. The use of salary and benefit information obtained from the Incomes Register facilitates the payment of pay subsidy and start-up grants, for example, by reducing the number of ex-post evaluations. Information obtained from the Incomes Register is also used in the processing of ELY Centre’s pay security applications and the related decision-making.
The application forms for pay subsidy and start-up grants will be supplemented with benefit information in the TE Services’ E-Services as of 17 January 2021. However, the applicant must check the data transferred to the payment application from the Incomes Register and supplement it if necessary, as the data in the register is not yet fully comprehensive.
Additional information on applying for pay security can be found on the ely-keskus.fi website in the Pay security section. We recommend using electronic services. Enterprise Finland telephone service + 358 295 020 500 provides advice on e-services for pay subsidies and start-up grants.