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Time Limits to Social Assistance in US – Decreased welfare participation by 22 percent and transfer income by 6 percent

BRIEF HIGHLIGHTS Several states imposed time limits for welfare receipt in the wake of the Great Recession. Stricter time limits decreased welfare participation by 22 percent and transfer income by 6 percent. The time limits tend to decrease earnings in states without generous benefits at baseline. Separation from work and welfare diminishes families’ access to … Continue reading

Going off Welfare in NZ – The highest rates of exiting benefits were men, young people, Asian and Pacific peoples, and people who had less history

Taylor Fry were commissioned by Superu to look at where people go when they move off benefit in New Zealand. We used the linked administrative datasets available on Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) to examine the characteristics of, and outcomes for people who move off a benefit. We looked at people who moved … Continue reading

Welfare, Universal Credit and Wages in UK – Minimum wage not as effective as transfer payments at alleviating income poverty

Duncan Smith’s resignation letter (a former British Cabinet Minister) laid this divide bare:  “There has been too much emphasis on money saving exercises and not enough awareness from the Treasury, in particular, that the government’s vision of a new welfare-to-work system could not be repeatedly salami-sliced.” In typically dramatic fashion, last year Osborne jacked up … Continue reading

Social Assistance Receipt Among Refugee Claimants in Canada – At least 65% in the first year, over 85% in Quebec

Prior to the December 2012 reforms to the in-Canada refugee determination system, it was possible for some refugee claimants to reside in Canada for several years before the final adjudication of their claim. Their labour market activities, their receipt of publicly funded benefits, and their well-being during that period are relevant to public policy. Nonetheless, … Continue reading

Welfare Use by Immigrant in US – 51 percent of households study finds

This study is the first in recent years to examine immigrant (legal and illegal) and native welfare use using the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). While its complexity makes it difficult to use, the survey is widely regarded as providing the most accurate picture of welfare participation. The SIPP shows immigrant … Continue reading

EU Court of Justice – Countries can exclude jobless immigrants from getting welfare

Europe’s top court has ruled that European Union countries can block jobless immigrantsfrom receiving welfare benefits. The so-called ‘welfare tourism’ case involved a Romanian woman, 25-year-old Elisabeta Dano, who had applied for, and been denied, unemployment benefit in Germany on the grounds that she was not actively seeking a job. She had received child benefits … Continue reading

UK – The flipside of the coin on immigration is a welfare system that rewards work, David Cameron says

Mr Cameron suggest more needed to be done to the benefits system to persuade people living in the UK to take jobs on offer. He said: ‘We need to have proper immigration control. We need to do more, both outside the European Union and, frankly, inside the European Union. ‘But the flipside of the coin … Continue reading

Workfare in US – Rules suspended during recession are coming back

In the coming months, food stamp work requirements suspended during the Great Recession will be reinstated in at least 17 states, jeopardizing benefits for hundreds of thousands of Americans.In those states, work requirements will be back in place for able-bodied adults who are 18 to 50 years old and have no children. It’s possible the … Continue reading

Welfare in US – TANF has provided basic cash assistance to fewer and fewer needy families

Eighteen years ago, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant was created as a part of the 1996 welfare reform law to replace the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program.  Welfare reform provided states with a fixed block grant in exchange for greater flexibility in how they could use the funds.  … Continue reading

Welfare in UK – Compulsory treatment for depression would come

Hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants face being stripped of their state allowances if they refuse to undergo treatment for anxiety and depression, under radical plans being drawn up by ministers. Existing welfare rules mean it is not possible to require claimants to have treatment, such as therapy or counselling, as a condition of receiving … Continue reading

Danemark – A solid safety net

While the gap between the wealthy and everyone else is widening in much of the industrialized world, a large chunk of Danes remain firmly middle class. Forty-two percent of the working population of 4.6 million have annual disposable incomes between 200,000 and 400,000 kroner $36,700-$73,300. Just 2.6 percent earn more than 500,000 kroner a year … Continue reading

Why Social Work is Important (Infographic)

The range of ailments and bad situations in which social workers help is astounding. With over 600,000 in the US today, there’s more need for even more social workers than ever.[1] What do they do? Support communities in need (including those dealing with…): Poverty Discrimination Abuse Addiction Physical illness Divorce Loss Unemployment Educational problems Disability … Continue reading

Welfare in Northern Ireland/ Not reforming could 1,400 jobs

If Northern Ireland does not fall into line with Westminster on welfare reform it will cost us more than £1bn in funding over the next five years, as well as 1,410 Civil Service jobs in Belfast and Londonderry, according to a Stormont minister. The potentially ruinous figures are contained in a paper circulated by Finance … Continue reading

Food Stamp Recipients in US / The majority are now working-age americans

A recent Associated Press report revealed that the majority of food stamp recipients are working age Americans. This presents a dramatic shift from the days when the youngest and oldest Americans constituted the majority of recipients. One in seven Americans are currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Census Bureau’s Current … Continue reading

(Update) Labour on Welfare in UK / Rachel Reeves’s first major speech (video)

“A Labour government will introduce a Basic Skills Test to assess all new claimants for Job Seekers Allowance within six weeks of claiming benefits. Those who don’t have the skills they need for a job will have to take up training alongside their jobsearch or lose their benefits. Labour’s Basic Skills Test will give the long-term unemployed a better chance of finding a job and will help us to earn our way out of the cost-of-living crisis.” Continue reading

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