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Factsheet for measure BE-2020-23/974 – measures in Belgium
|Country||Belgium , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 June 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
|Author||Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||13 July 2020 (updated 04 August 2020)|
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.
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.
No data on uptake of the measure available.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Other groups of citizens
People on social benefits
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No data are available about the concrete involvement of social partners.
Currently no public statements to be found of any of the social partners concerning the specific measure.
Eurofound (2020), Additional financial support for people in precarious situations, measure BE-2020-23/974 (measures in Belgium), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BE-2020-23_974.html
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