Friday, February 5, 2010

Peer Review Social Protection and Social Inclusion Newsletter(English)

Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion and Assessment in Social Inclusion

double issue


Counting the homeless – setting the scene for improved policymaking
Currently, far too little accurate information about the homeless is available. The Peer Review hosted by the City of Vienna and Austria’s Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection on 12-13 November 2009 therefore sought to share information on existing data-collection instruments, with a view to improving the planning of assistance to the homeless.

Developing the right tools for reintegrating the vulnerable: Norway’s ‘Qualification Programme’
Established as part of Norway’s major welfare system reform, the Qualification Programme offers long-term unemployed the opportunity to participate in a year-long programme of activities that will gradually prepare them to (re-)enter the labour market or training programmes. During the Peer Review held on 29 and 30 October 2009 in Norway, a wide-ranging discussion took place that touched upon different aspects of the Qualification Programme.

Report highlights difficult progress in combating homelessness and housing exclusion
Homelessness and housing exclusion represent a very serious challenge in most Member States and, although significant improvements have been made in some countries, a recent overview prepared by the Core Team of the European Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion shows that things are clearly getting worse in others, especially as a result of the economic and financial crisis.

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