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Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
Employment in accordance with Article 60?7 enables employment integration of social assistance beneficiaries in order to bring these persons back into the social security system and the employment process. Public social welfare centres (PSWC) can either employ the persons themselves in their own services or put the person at the disposal of a third party employer. Either way, the PSWC acts as their legal employer. As long as the duration of employment, the PSWC receives a subsidy from the federal government and an exemption from social security contributions in its capacity as employer.
Type of Policy
Duration of the policy
The policy measure came into effect during the implementation of the law on public social welfare centre in 1976, and has been reformed several times1.
Scope of innovation
- Scope: structural
- Budgets: Year Budget spent each year 2008 128,4*2009 140,5*2010 156,7*2011 172,8*Source: www.mi-is.be
- Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Integration in social security / The initial purpose was to let the benefit recipient work for a number of months in order to build up social security rights (such as the right to unemployment benefits). / / Work experience and inclusion / In 1999, the initial goal of integration in social security was broadened towards activation: gaining work experience and the inclusion of people who are outside the labour markets. /
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
- encompassing security
Type of innovation
- retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
- benefit eligibility (working a certain amount of days opens the right to unemployment benefits)
Intended target group
Living wage recipients and recipients of social assistance benefits.
Working age population
- main source of income: social protection (social assistance benefits/ living wages )
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
- municipal government (public social welfare centres (implementation))
- private for-profit organisations (commercial) (third parties )
- private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO) (third parties )
Clarification of the role of various actors
Public social welfare centres can either employ the persons themselves or make them available at the disposable of third parties such as non-profit organisations, recognized social economy organisations or private employers the welfare agency has a contract with.
Intended and unintended outcomes
number of beneficiaries / / Year Beneficiaries / 2008 19.276 / 2009 20.129 / 2010 21.634 / 2011 22.476 / 2012 23.398 / Source: www.mi-is.be /