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Programme ?Passage': one-month public employment as a condition for receiving social assistance

Country of implementation
Switzerland
General short description of the innovation
The programme was introduced in Winterthur in 2003 in order to avoid misuses in social assistance and restrict access to social assistance (gate-keeping effect). Based on the principle ?Work over welfare?, it obliges any able-bodied claimant (and without caring responsibilities) to take part in a four-week public employment programme as a condition to receive social assistance. During the programme, people receive a small income to cover basic needs.
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • social
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Since 2001
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: unknown, but the return on investment is estimated at 4 CHF for any Swiss franc invested ? about 3,29 Euros for any invested Euro.
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: about 300-500 each year (1/3 of all new benefit claimants)
  • Spatial coverage: local
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The aim is to avoid misuses in social assistance and restrict access to social assistance (gate-keeping effect).
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
moderate
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • liberalisation
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • benefit eligibility (new work-related obligation as a condition for benefit eligibility )
Intended target group
Jobless, able-bodied claimants for social assistance.
Working age population
  • employment situation (jobless people in need)
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • municipal government
Intended output
  • benefit eligibility (new work-related obligation as a condition for benefit eligibility )
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
increased employment rates. about 10 percent of the claimants assigned to public employment programmes find a job during the programme
Intended and unintended outcomes
about 300-500 each year (1/3 of all new benefit claimants)
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