Popis / Abstract:
The reform of the assistance in material need in Slovakia has demonstrated a marked tendency towards a more "workfare" type of benefit system. Under “workfare,” recipients have to meet certain participation requirements to continue to receive their welfare benefits. These requirements are a combination of activities that are intended to improve the recipient's job prospects and to generate a “net contribution” to society from welfare recipients. Despite a significant drop in the number of the assistance in material need recipients and a decline in unemployment rate based on statistical data, we cannot conclude that there is a direct causality between these trends and changes in the system of the assistance. Testimonies from in-depth interviews with stakeholders in districts indicate that the inclusion of recipients of assistance in material need in the labour market was only mildly successful. Fieldwork has also shown that the obligation to work for the benefit in material need has a “punitive” character. The fieldwork also showed that there are barriers and obstacles that prevent better results regarding the return of the long-term unemployed into the labour market due to a workfare design that was focused only on work integration e.g. strengthening of skills, work habits and motivation to work and does not consistently incorporate other forms of social integration support.
Kľúčové slová / Keywords:
Social Assistance System, Activation Allowance, Housing Allowance, Roma, Slovakia
Ako citovať / How to Cite:
D. Škobla, G. Csomor, J. Filadelfiová. 2018.Change in the Social Assistence System and Its Impact on Activation Allowance Provision in Slovakia. In Prognostické práce – Foresight, Analysis and Reccomendations / PP – FAR, vol. 10, no. 1-2, pp.31-46. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/PPFAR.2018.10.003
D. Škobla, G. Csomor, J. Filadelfiová. (2018).Change in the Social Assistence System and Its Impact on Activation Allowance Provision in Slovakia. In Prognostické práce – Foresight, Analysis and Reccomendations / PP – FAR, 10 (1-2), 31-46. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/PPFAR.2018.10.003