New publication of the RILSA

Hora, Ondřej - Vyhlídal, Jiří
Evaluation of protection, incentive and integration functions of social policy for people in material need
Praha: RILSA, 2016. 67 pp. - ISBN 978-80-7416-244-2

The monograph is one of the follow-up of the project outputs TAČR "Usage of the merged administrative (evidence) databases in area of unemployment and in area of social assistance (material need) for the monitoring of the situation in active inclusion". It focuses primarily on the selection of the most significant outcomes, i.e. such an information that clearly describes the functions of the system while the acquisition of the information, with exceptions, does not require application of advanced statistical procedures. The impact of ALMP programs is not evaluated.
In this monograph we focus on evaluating the impact of social policy on the situation of persons who in 2014 claimed benefits from the system of assistance in material need. Assistance in material need is traditionally defined as part of the social assistance system (one of the three basic pillars of social security). The situation of people in material need is assessed on the basis of three expected system functions: protection, incentive and integration.
In terms of the protective function, it is possible to say that the sum of market and social income of these households on average exceeds their subsistence. At the same time, however, is true that after deducting the housing costs the residual income of households, especially of those who do not receive housing benefits, forfeited far below the subsistence level. From the point of view of incentive function there are objective reasons which lead to its failure. Firstly, it is relatively low wage levels. In a situation where there is a number of jobs that did not reach a sufficiently motivating difference between social income and income from employment, it is not possible to create an environment incentive enough to accept a job. And finally, in terms of integration function analysis suggests that some of the active employment policy programs, socially useful jobs and Community work, probably quite well contribute to the integration of persons in material need in the labour market. This is reflected both by the departure of such persons from the register of job seekers, as well as by the departure from the system of assistance in material need.

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