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The Access City Award is the European prize for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and older people. The city of Chester (UK) was awarded first prize in 2017 for its dedication in ensuring that the city and its beautiful medieval walls can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. Find out more good practices from the cities of Rotterdam (Netherlands), Jūrmala (Latvia), Lugo (Spain), Skellefteå (Sweden), Alessandria (Italy) and Funchal (Portugal) in this brochure.
This report focuses on retirement regimes for workers in arduous and hazardous jobs in 35 European countries. It is based on the country reports prepared by the national independent experts of the European Social Policy Network. The report provides an overview of the end-of-career policy measures and assesses the retirement pathways and income adequacy of workers in arduous and hazardous jobs. It also discusses recent and ongoing reforms, identifies best practices and policy challenges and provides recommendations for EU countries and the EU alike.
This Synthesis Report addresses the work-life balance of carers of dependent persons by examining three main social policy arrangements: leave schemes, cash benefits and benefits in kind. It is based on the 35 country reports produced by the experts of the European Social Policy Network.
The Peer Review on Prevention and Early Intervention Services to address children at risk of poverty was hosted by the Irish Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The seminar focussed on two priority issues in Ireland’s national children’s strategy: to lift 70,000 children out of consistent poverty by 2020 and to shift policy towards prevention and early intervention. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French and German.
The Dutch government’s declared aim is to move from a welfare state to a “participation society” built on citizens’ self-reliance and networking. Large parts of the social security system have been devolved to the municipalities. In response, most municipalities have set up Social Community Teams. The Peer Review held in The Hague (January 2016) discussed the use of SCTs to combat poverty. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Dutch.