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Building the tools to fight in-work poverty (France)
While it is commonly agreed that having a job represents the best safeguard against poverty and exclusion, it is no guarantee. In 2007, 8% of Europe's working population were living under the poverty threshold.
A good place to grow older (United Kingdom)
Facing a novel situation in which the number of citizens over the state pension age exceeds those younger than 16, the UK is on a mission to make each village, town or city a place where the independence, well-being and participation of older people is supported and developed, and where the challenges and opportunities of an ageing society are addressed.
The Finnish National Programme to reduce long-term homelessness (Finland)
In February 2008, the Finnish Government adopted a programme aimed at halving long-term homelessness by 2011.
Using Reference Budgets for drawing up the requirements of a minimum income scheme and assessing adequacy (Belgium)
Schemes ensuring a minimum income are essential for poverty alleviation. Various studies compare minimum income systems across the EU but fail to provide information on their impact on real people or consistent methods for assessing how the levels of income set in each country relate to the actual living standards and expectations of its citizens.
Making a success of integrating immigrants into the labour market (Norway)
Norway's social inclusion policy, under which it is compulsory for all newly-arrived adult refugees and immigrants to participate in Norwegian language training and civic education, in order to enable them to rapidly contribute to, and participate in the labour market and in society in general, has delivered positive results.
Building a comprehensive and participative strategy on homelessness (Portugal)
Although an increasing number of Member States have adopted comprehensive and participative homelessness strategies, with an emphasis on coordination between public authorities and NGOs, integration of service provision, and more effective use of public funding, this has mostly occurred in northern European countries. In contrast, many southern and eastern countries still face difficulties and constraints, in particular with regard to strategy design and stakeholder involvement.
Achieving quality long-term care in residential facilities (Germany)
With Europe's population aged 65 and over projected to rise by approximately 77% between 2004 and 2050, the number of people requiring long-term care is likely to grow sharply. To meet these needs, a vast continuum of long-term care services has emerged, ranging from nursing homes to alternative non-institutional settings. However, ensuring the quality of these facilities has not always proven easy.
The Programme for developing local plans for social inclusion in Catalonia (Spain)
Thanks to the Generalitat de Cataluña's Programme for Developing Local Plans for Social Inclusion, which was launched in 2006, 32 local authorities within the region have already developed their own plans to promote social inclusion at the local level.
Achieving excellence in social service provision (Romania)
One of the key goals of the social services reform launched in Romania in 2004 was to increase the quality of social services by introducing an accreditation system for social service providers. The system sets minimum quality standards that both public and private providers have to respect in a bid to better respond to beneficiaries' expectations.
Promoting social inclusion of children in a disadvantaged rural environment - the micro-region of Szécsény' (Hungary)
The Szécsény micro-region consists of 13 independent settlements, totalling 20,000 people, among which 4,000 children and a significant Roma population. The area is characterised by high unemployment and an accumulation of social disadvantages.