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Model Public Work Programme

Country of implementation
Hungary
General short description of the innovation
In the framework of the ?100 Steps? Programme the Government has launched a new public work programme to address seasonal employment problems and to involve the most disadvantaged groups. Public work is organised by local governments to carry out the tasks that are delegated to them by the law and to provide seasonal employment for the long-term unemployed, including regular social allowance recipients. It is important that public work creates an added value to the whole community and the settlement, as set out by the local government. / /
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
2005-2006
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: temporary
  • Budgets: 285.7 million EUR
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: 24 thousands
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
In the framework of the ?100 Steps? Programme the Government has launched a new public work programme to address seasonal employment problems and to involve the most disadvantaged groups. The main objectives were to enhance the value, the respect and security of work, to help the activation and labour market reintegration of welfare-recipients. The modi?cation of the ?nancial regulations concerning public work programmes was intended to make them more targeted and e?cient in helping the most disadvantaged groups back to work. / / Public work is organised by local governments to carry out the tasks that are delegated to them by the law and to provide seasonal employment for the long term unemployed, including regular social allowance recipients. It is important that public work creates an added value to the whole community and the settlement, as set out by the local government. / The following tasks can be carried out during the winter months: / ? social catering for people who are temporarily unable to provide for themselves; / ? home assistance for those who need regular support with daily activities (e.g. direct care and help with household tasks such as laundry, clean-ing etc.); / ? redecoration and refurbishment of buildings owned by the local govern-ment; / ? community cleaning and maintenance activities (e.g. cleaning snow from roads). / Tasks that can be carried out from March: / ? construction, restoration and maintenance of drainpipes and ditch systems owned by the local government; / ? maintenance of roads and its surroundings within the territory of the settlement; / ? collection of household and other community waste and its transportation to designated waste disposal sites; / ? creation and maintenance of parks and other green areas; / ? construction and refurbishment of public social housing estates and other community buildings; / ? cultivation of agricultural land owned by the local government; / ? creation of industrial estates; / ? refurbishment and preservation of public buildings; / ? non-specialised tasks to prevent the danger of collapse of cellar-systems, land-slides etc. / ? provision of basic personal social services; / ? maintenance of cemeteries and graveyards. / To carry out the above activities local governments ? municipalities (districts), villages and partnerships of local governments (in the event that the same activity is carried out at each participating settlement) ? can apply for funding. It is a model programme because it gives the possibility to organise community work during the winter months for the ?rst time and also because funding is based on the coordination of resources. The programme started in November 2005 and runs for 6 months, until April 2006. The participant quotas have been gradually ?lled up and the number of participants is expected to reach 24 thousand by the end of the period. / / http://econ.core.hu/file/download/HLM2005/TheHungarianLabourMarket_2005_onefile.pdf, p217 / /
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
The modi?cation of the ?nancial regulations concerning public work programmes was intended to make them more targeted and e?cient in helping the most disadvantaged groups back to work.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
To address seasonal employment problems and to involve the most disadvantaged groups together with the respect and security of work, to help the activation and labour market reintegration of welfare-recipients.
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • liberalisation
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • services (new public work schemes)
Intended target group
Most disadvantaged groups (long-term unemployed)
Working age population
  • main source of income: social protection (unemployment benefit, social assistance)
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • beneficiaries/users (Most disadvantaged groups (long-term unemployed))
  • municipal government (implementation of public work schemes)
Intended output
  • services (public work schemes)
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
increased
Intended and unintended outcomes
20-22%
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
The main objective was to help the activation and labour market reintegration of welfare-recipients, the most disdvantaged group (long-term unemployed).
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