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Peer Review on “Single mothers facing poverty: Providing adequate financial, material and social support for sustainable social integration”, Brussels (Belgium), 5 October 2017
In all EU Member States, single-parent families’ poverty rate is substantially higher than among two-parent families, according to the at-risk-of-poverty (AROP) indicator. In Belgium, this risk is particularly high, as one in two single parent families was at-risk-of-poverty in 2016, a ratio 2.6 times higher than for the total population.
Peer Review on “Reconciling Family Life and Entrepreneurship”, Brussels (Belgium), 20-21 June 2017
In the first quarter of 2017 self-employed people made up 15% of the workforce in EU Member States.
Peer Review on Peer Review on "Active Ageing Index at the local level", Berlin (Germany), 14-15 April 2016
The Active Ageing Index (AAI) measures to what extent the potential of older people is used to contribute to the economy and society through paid and unpaid activities and through living independent, healthy and safe lives.
Peer Review in Belgium: Housing First
Belgium introduced the ‘Housing First’ (HF) model in eight cities to support homeless people with special needs: homeless people move into permanent housing as quickly as possible, and receive intensive social support in their homes whenever needed.
Peer Review in Ireland: Prevention and early intervention services to address children at risk of poverty
Ireland is in the process of developing a more coordinated and integrated approach to children’s services, aimed at tackling the complex problems of disadvantaged families in a more joined-up and holistic way. This Peer Review looked at Irish good practice and harnessed learning from other EU Member States.
Peer Review in the Netherlands: Social community teams against poverty
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, which are expected to follow an integrated approach to social services, while offering solutions tailored to each individual case. In response, most municipalities have set up Social Community Teams. This Peer Review, held in The Hague, discussed the use of SCTs to combat poverty.
Peer Review in the Czech Republic: Provision of quality early childcare services
This Peer Review, held in Prague, discussed Czech family policy at a time of change, and more specifically the future shape of the country’s early childhood education and care. Drawing on the experience of peer countries, international experts, the European Commission as well as local and European stakeholder organisations, it identified a number of practical lessons both for the Czech Republic and for the EU as a whole.
Peer Review in Hungary: Conditional cash transfers and their impact on children
Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) are payments to people who meet certain conditions. CCTs are increasingly being used to encourage families to invest in their children. However, there is limited scientific evidence on the effects of such programmes. The Peer Review in Budapest gave policy-makers thinking of introducing or reforming CCTs the opportunity to share experience and exchange views.
Peer Review in Belgium: Children First – pilot local consultation platforms on child poverty
The Belgian government’s Children First initiative has been funding a pilot project to set up local ‘consultation platforms’ on child poverty. The platforms engage a wide range of local actors – from e.g. anti-poverty associations to child daycare centres, schools, sports clubs and student support centres.
Peer Review in Austria: The political adequacy of quantitative impact assessment in the social field using micro-simulation models
Quantitative models which simulate the probable effect of changes in taxes and welfare benefits can provide policy-makers with a useful evidence base, and can enable stakeholders such as NGOs to play a more active role in policy formation. Austria has broken new ground by creating an easy-to-use public website that enables any citizen to calculate the effects of tax and benefit changes on different sections of the population.
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