EU Sources - Assessment of minimum income schemes - March 31, 2016

The European Social Policy Network (ESPN) prepared a thematic report on minimum income schemes. The 35 country reports by independent experts highlight and assess the contribution of minimum income schemes to both preventing and alleviating poverty and social exclusion, and fostering an active inclusion approach to promoting social investment. Such schemes play a vital role in alleviating the worst impacts of poverty and social exclusion in many countries. However, in too many countries the schemes still fall short of ensuring a decent life for the most vulnerable in society. Progress in improving them in recent years has been disappointing. The most common weaknesses include inadequate levels of benefit, failure to cover all those in need, low levels of take-up and a limited impact in reducing poverty. The country reports and the related synthesis report are available from the ESPN web-page. Another assessment was produced by authors from the European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK).

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