PRESS | New momentum for action on Adequate Minimum Income Schemes

logo-pngBrussels, 11 December 2014 – Delegates at the EU-level Conference held in Brussels today on ‘Minimum Income Schemes in Europe’ heard a very different story to the populist story of lazy people who cheat the welfare system. The figures given at the Conference on the non-take-up of minimum income assistance ranging from 20% to as much as 75%, are way and above those of over-take-up that receives much more policy and media attention. Continue reading

Minimum Income Schemes in Serbia, Poland, Austria and Estonia

Serbia, Poland, Austria and Estonia have all prepared National Reports under the EMIN project. In these Reports you can read about the latest developments in relation to Minimum Income Schemes in each country as well as assessments of the schemes in relation to their adequacy, coverage and take-up, and the link to accessible services and inclusive employment (in line with he EU Active Inclusion Recommendation).  You will also find proposals to develop adequate and accessible Minimum Income Schemes.

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EMIN Major EU Final Conference – Building Consensus for adequate minimum income schemes

This Thursday 11 December from 13.30 till 18.00, the EMIN will hold its Final EU-level Conference on minimum income schemes, building on 30 national conferences throughout Europe and  presenting the outcome of the work of the EMIN, with the contribution of other key actors, on how to build momentum for adequate Minimum Income Schemes.  Continue reading

Minimum Income Schemes in Denmark, Cyprus and Lithuania, Read 3 National Reports!

Denmark, Cyprus and Lithuania have all prepared National Reports under the EMIN project. In these Reports you can read about the latest developments in relation to Minimum Income Schemes in each country as well as assessments of the schemes in relation to their adequacy, coverage and take-up, and the link to accessible services and inclusive employment (in line with he EU Active Inclusion Recommendation).

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What is an adequate Minimum Income?

The Report done by AGE Platform Europe addressed this question from the perspective of adequacy of minimum income protection for older people from a participatory point of view. Older people in the three countries (Ireland, France and Poland) were actively involved in discussing what an adequate minimum income should entail to enable full social participation of older people. The study indicates the same definition of social participation across the three pilot countries. In addition, many commonalities were observed in the identification of essential goods and services. This was also the case with the respective underlying needs identified in the three countries as being necessary for full social participation. Despite these commonalities, significant differences were observed regarding the adequacy of old-age minimum income protection and the validity of the 60% poverty line in the respective national contexts.

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Non-Take-Up of Minimum Income Schemes is a real problem

While much has been made in the media of the issue of over-take-up (or fraud) in relation to benefit schemes, little has been heard about the question of non-take-up. This is all the more surprising since conservative estimates show rates of above 40% of non-take-up for most categories of social benefits.  This shows a very different picture than the one so often presented by some politicians and popular media of lazy welfare recipients spending their time calculating how to get the most out of the welfare system. Two important new reports by FEANTSA and EUROFOUND try to address this reality. 

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