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Factsheet for case BE-2020-23/974 – measures in Belgium

Additional financial support for people in precarious situations

Aanvullende financiële ondersteuning voor mensen in precaire situatie

Country Belgium , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 June 2020 – 31 December 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound
Case created 13 July 2020 (updated 04 August 2020)

Background information

During the federal Super-Core (temporary government) of 6 June 2020, a number of important measures were taken to support the social service providers and their clients.

Concretely, living wage recipients (social assistance), persons with disabilities and people with a guaranteed income for the elderly will receive €50 on top of their benefit for a total of six months. The costs of this will be borne entirely by the federal authorities. In addition, subsidies for food aid will be increased by a further €3 million. For new living wage (social assistance) dossiers, the social services will receive an additional subsidy of 15% on the amount paid out in the period from June to December.

Content of measure

Additional premium for those receiving social assistance benefits: Anyone who receives social assistance benefit - such as a living wage, an allowance for the disabled, or an income guarantee for the elderly - receives an additional premium of €50 each month from July to December 2020. In addition, further €100 million are made available to the social services to provide allowances in the event of rent payment problems, or school and energy costs.

Increased sickness benefit: For sick days, from 1st March to 31st August 2020, the sickness benefit will be increased, unless the illness started before the 1st of March or is covered by the guaranteed salary.

Use of measure

No data on uptake of the measure available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Older citizens
Disabled
Other groups of citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

No data are available about the concrete involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

Currently no public statements to be found of any of the social partners concerning the specific measure.

Sources

  • 02 July 2020: Coronamaatregelen: aanpassingen en nieuwe steunmaatregelen (www.hetacv.be)
  • 10 July 2020: VVSG: Bijkomende federale maatregelen voor hulp aan kwetsbare groepe (www.vvsg.be)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Additional financial support for people in precarious situations, case BE-2020-23/974 (measures in Belgium), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.