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  Social safety net - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The social safety net is a term used to describe a collection of services provided by the state (such as welfare, universal healthcare, homeless shelters, and perhaps various subsidized services such as transit), which prevent any individual from falling into poverty beyond a certain level.
A practical example of how the safety net works would be a single mother with several children, unable to work.
Supporters of a strong social safety net argue that these programs have resulted in a much lower crime rate and general lower poverty levels in Canadian cities, and this benefits everybody.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Social_safety_net   (227 words)

 Social Safety Net Capacity Building Network - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
The participants shared their experiences on social safety and workforce retraining and the discussion included issues relating to integration of vocational and unemployment services, specific target groups, the social environment, quality and level of training, the relationship between training and formal education, the labour market and the use of ICT in retraining programmes.
Social safety nets issues were first discussed in APEC in late 1997 as part of broad discussions on the impact of the crisis.
APEC is committed to strengthening social safety nets in the Asia-Pacific region to reduce the harmful effects of economic shocks on vulnerable groups within the societies in the Asia-Pacific region.
www.apec.org /apec/apec_groups/som_special_task_groups/apec_social_safety.html   (916 words)

 Social safety net - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Detractors argue that it is not these programs that are the cause of the lower crime in Canada, but a different culture or merely stricter gun laws.
Safety 'net: we're wired to help the poor like never before--but are we willing?(Intelligence NYC Inc.) : An article from: City Limits
Welfare use as a life course event: toward a new understanding of the U.S. safety net.
encyclopedia.worldsearch.com /social_safety_net.htm   (369 words)

 The Labor Market Policy and Social Safety Net in Korea: After the 1997 Crisis -- Se-IL Park   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The significance of unemployment trends lies in that the sharp rise in unemployment in 1998 was mostly due to the bankruptcy of small and medium-sized firms, not to the restructuring of large-scale firms.
The social safety net in Korea is still in its inception, and the majority of the unemployed rely private sources now more than ever before.
The composition of the Korean government's budget that is directly related to unemployment and the social safety net reveals that in the first half of 1998, policymakers did not clearly understand what types of unemployment they were dealing with and thus formulated inappropriate policies.
www.brook.edu /printme.wbs?page=/fp/cnaps/papers/1999_park.htm   (9825 words)

Adjusting the safety net must therefore be done in a way that gives appropriate recognition to the relative effectiveness of the tax transfer system, and safety net adjustments, in providing a safety net for low income members of the community.
The Commission is, of course, responsible for the industrial safety net that, as acknowledged by all parties, is complementary to and interacts with the social safety net.
We submit that for the safety net to be effective it must have utility in addressing the general purposes of the Act which include encouraging high levels of employment.
www.airc.gov.au /safetynet_review/transcript/090402c20014617.htm   (15636 words)

 Colombia Poverty Report and Social Safety Net Assessment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The companion Bank study on the social safety net concludes that Colombia's severe economic downturn, even if it has begun to reverse itself, has left poverty and unemployment levels much higher than they were before the crisis.
Such a counter-cyclical safety net would accumulate funds during good economic times, so that money is available for expanded social safety net spending during recessions.
The study also notes that social assistance programs, so critical during a crisis, were not included in the early 1990s reforms, which were prompted by constitutional changes in 1991, and which at once decentralized and increased spending on health and education services.
lnweb18.worldbank.org /external/lac/lac.nsf/Countries/Colombia/CC081B1813AF278985256BA300824DE6?OpenDocument   (1050 words)

 Social safety net and the poor during the transition : the case of Bulgaria
Social safety net and the poor during the transition : the case of Bulgaria
Bulgaria's social safety net is not well targeted; too many benefits accrue to better off households rather than to the poor.
Hasten and Peters conclude that comprehensive reform of social benefits is needed, focusing on pensions, unemployment benefits, child allowances, and social assistance.
www.eldis.org /static/DOC3576.htm   (426 words)

 Social Safety Net Workshop   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Members of this workshop suggested that the Social Safety Net might be considered a protective device implying a commitment on the part of the state to assist those members of society that find themselves in some form of social or economic need.
Furthermore, workshop members suggested that another implied feature of a Social Security Net was that the "net" catches those who have fallen, but also provides a method or way for the "fallen" to get back up on their feet, so to speak.
In fact, the group posited that if social cohesion is measured by the commitment of citizens to shared institutions, the existence or strength of a Social Safety Net might be an indicator of social cohesion.
geog.queensu.ca /soco/2000/ssnws.htm   (1206 words)

 IDBAmerica: Reinventing the social safety net
As part of a wide-ranging social safety net reform program, the country has consolidated and computerized the way beneficiaries enter the system, and the result is greater equity and quicker support for poor people.
In the program, social workers help parents fill out a four-page application that serves as a “proxy means test.” Information includes income, type of home construction, family members living at home, and details such as whether their homes have a telephone, toilet and electricity.
In addition, as part of the broader social safety net reform, linkages have been made so that secondary school children under the age of 17 automatically qualify for free high school tuition, which in Jamaica is charged in public, as well as in private, schools.
www.iadb.org /idbamerica/index.cfm?thisid=2529   (1317 words)

 Maintaining a National Social Safety Net: Recommendations on the Canada Health and Social Transfer
This measure fundamentally changed the social safety net and, by implication, the role of the federal government in the social policy field.
Many prominent Canadians from all walks of life have been pointing out that our social safety net is one of the critical features which define us as a people and that its preservation is expected from governments, particularly the national government.
A social investment framework would be built around agreed-upon goals and objectives, with appropriate indicators for measuring and reporting progress towards achievement of those goals.
www.ccsd.ca /pr/pos_chst.html   (2106 words)

 JustOneMinute: Social Security Privatization - Easy To Demagogue
Social Security privatization is complicated, and the Bush side has not put forward a specific proposal.
Throughout the history of Social Security, the population has been led to believe that the first number has been securely stuffed into a cookie jar somewhere, to be repaid, with interest, to the employee when he retires.
There is no retired millionaire anywhere, upon receiving his $2800 Social Security benefit check and as he is spending it on green fees each month, who is psychologically prepared to accept that it requires a combined 14.21% taxation on ten $2000/month fry cooks at Denny's to fund his benefit check.
justoneminute.typepad.com /main/2004/12/social_security.html   (5123 words)

 592   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Purpose: Through the social safety net, American society may relatively succeed in protecting the economic hardship of families resulting from the instability of employment such as unemployment, disability, and retirement.
The study estimated the effectiveness of public and private income transfers as social safety net for female-headed families who experienced the dissolution of marital and cohabiting disruption.
Therefore, public policy needs to develop an effective social safety net designed to protect the adverse economic consequences of instability of families as well as the instability of employment.
www.sswr.org /papers2003/592.htm   (317 words)

 United Nations: Advocates 'social safety net' in Third World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The world body says that countries affected by economic crises should provide social safety nets to those whose lives are devastated by rising unemployment, growing poverty and a rapid deterioration in health and educational services.
Thailand has launched a social investment project to provide the poor with comprehensive assistance in the form of creation of unemployment and provision of training as well as capital.
Indonesia has initiated a major social safety-net programme while Malaysia has introduced several measures to arrest the decline in social welfare arising from the economic crisis.
www.twnside.org.sg /title/safety-cn.htm   (731 words)

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If Congress identifies a social good - food, housing, health care, etc. - and wants a social safety net, the program should be funded by taxpayers on a broad basis.
Any social safety net must be subject to a fair amount of government control.
A safety net has to be accountable to the taxpayers because this is the public's provision.
www.ncpa.org /health/hot3a.html   (939 words)

 The Social Safety Net at the Beginning of Federal Welfare Reform: Organization of and Access to Social Services for ...
The concept of the social safety net entered the public policy arena during the early 1980s, as changes initiated by the Reagan administration sought to streamline government programs while maintaining supports for people termed "the truly needy" (Burt and Pittman 1985; Palmer and Sawhill 1982, 1984).
A social safety net may go even further by ensuring that people have the means to change the circumstances that put them at risk.
Table 2, which shows the location within state administrative agencies of the social safety net programs of interest, indicates that this was the most common organization at the time of the 1996-1997 case studies.
www.urban.org /Template.cfm?NavMenuID=24&template=/TaggedContent/ViewPublication.cfm&PublicationID=6456   (8421 words)

 Labour market reform and social safety net policies in Korea   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The difficult economic and social situation forced the authorities to implement quickly a wide range of macro-economic and structural reforms, including in the areas of labour market policies and social safety nets.
In this context, it may be tempting to assume that the crisis was just a blip in an otherwise high-growth path and that, as a consequence, a pause in the reform agenda might be called for.
A more qualitative approach to the development strategy may be called for, encompassing an increased emphasis on enterprise training, a reduced labour-market duality and the establishment of a well-functioning social safety net that covers all individuals.
www.oecd.org /LongAbstract/0,2546,en_2649_201185_1917878_70555_119696_1_1,00.html   (463 words)

 Deinonychus antirrhopus: Social Safety Net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
While social insurance systems are not without their problems (bad incentives), this market failure is one reason we have them.
As the social safety net slips away, and more and more uninsurable risk gets transferred to individuals, life at any particular level of average income gets unambiguously worse.
Funny, I don't remember any net catching my parents...I think the combination of family and debt (thankfully short term) was their net.
www.steveverdon.com /archives/economics/001919.html   (1669 words)

 "Securing the Social Safety Net"
"Social Security is the most successful social program in the history of this country," says Apfel, outlining the stakes of the contest.
While its success is rarely disputed, Social Security's method of financing its programs is the subject of much criticism and the focus of the building national debate over reforming the system.
While Social Security has reduced the overall percentage of the elderly who are poor to about ten percent, the poverty rate of elderly women remains double that percentage.
www.numag.neu.edu /9903/ss.html   (2763 words)

 Asia Times: UN calls for social safety nets in Asian crisis countries
Thailand has launched a social investment project to provide the poor with comprehensive assistance in the form of creation of employment and provision of training as well as capital.
Indonesia has initiated a major social safety-net program while Malaysia has introduced several measures to arrest the decline in social welfare arising from the economic crisis.
The Taiwanese economy grew by 6.8 percent in 1997 and 4.7 percent in 1998, and is expected to grow by 5.5 percent in 1999, 6.0 percent in 2000 and 6.2 percent in 2001.
www.atimes.com /asia-crisis/AF18Db01.html   (755 words)

 Retirement's Unraveling Safety Net
He never is short of money, thanks to Social Security and his company pension that will last as long as he does.
Social Security is only one aspect of the shift.
The safety net big companies wove for Paugh's generation -- long-term employment, pension security, retiree health insurance -- has been giving way for so long that its unraveling is mere background accompaniment to Washington's noisy debate over Social Security.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/14/AR2005051400515.html   (811 words)

 From Social Safety Net to Dragnet
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, crime as a social problem and political issue took on the character of a national game of "bait and switch" that fit the interests of an aggressive law enforcement establishment.
Regardless of the differences between arrest and involvement in crime, the fact that such large numbers of young men inevitably come into conflict with the law in situations serious enough to result in their arrest is evidence of the broad sources of the problem.
In social science terminology, the problem appears to be rooted in "social-structural" conditions, i.e., political, economic, and social institutions, that adversely affect large numbers of young adult males, particularly those within certain strata of society.
crab.rutgers.edu /~goertzel/drag.html   (2256 words)

 University Seminar on the Social Safety Net
Economic, demographic, and programmatic changes are stretching the social safety net for disadvantaged Americans close to its breaking point.
The safety net is woven from a host of programs that affect all age groups.
For 2005-6, the seminar gratefully acknowledges funding from the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Academic Affairs at The George Washington University and the George Washington Institute of Public Policy.
www.gwu.edu /~socsec   (393 words)

 Holes in the social safety net
After 62 years of trying to lend a helping hand to those struggling in poverty, politicians finally said “it’s your fault you’ve got nothing,” and drastically cut the safety net for the poor.
The federal plan involved a major investment in training and hiring social workers to counsel clients (the poor) toward self-sufficiency.
The federal government saw that despite a thriving economy and intensive social strategies, poverty remained.
www.geocities.com /CapitolHill/Lobby/1818/2_4welfare.htm   (1394 words)

 News Releases-Enhancing Social Safety Nets for People Vulnerable to Economic Change - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The 'APEC Symposium on Strengthening Social Safety Nets under Rapid Socio-Economic Changes' was be held in Seoul, Korea, on August 23-24 as a forum for APEC Member Economies to share globalization experiences.
Director of the APEC Social Safety Net Capacity Building Network Head Institution, Dr. Seokpyo Hong, said global economic change can be unsettling if measures are not taken to ensure people have the individual capacity to be competitive in the modern economy.
The symposium was jointly hosted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Korea, the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs and the APEC Social Safety Net Capacity Building Network.
www.apecsec.org.sg /apec/news___media/media_releases/250805_ssnsymposium.html   (372 words)

 Children's Grief and Loss Issues...and how we can help
Children naturally assume their world will be filled with safety, kindness, and meaning as they attempt to answer the universal questions of who am I and why am I here.
So many of our boys and girls are born into a world of grief and loss issues that live inside their homes and lay waiting for them outside their doorsteps, on their streets, schoolyards, and classrooms.
Increasingly, children are traumatized by prevailing social and societal loss issues in their families, their schools, their nation, and their world.
www.childrensgrief.net   (896 words)

 The World Factbook 2004 -- Field Listing - Economy - overview
Military rebellions and social unrest in 1996 were accompanied by widespread destruction of property and a drop in GDP of 2%.
France's leaders remain committed to a capitalism in which they maintain social equity by means of laws, tax policies, and social spending that reduce income disparity and the impact of free markets on public health and welfare.
The most serious negative social effect of this downturn was the emergence of high unemployment; unemployment in the WBGS during the 1980s was generally under 5%; by 1995 it had risen to over 20%.
www.brainyatlas.com /fields/2116.html   (16452 words)

 ESCAP Regional Workshop - Res 59/2 -Strengthening social safety in the region
Strengthening social safety in the Asian and Pacific region
Stressing that public policy on social welfare in the region should move beyond crisis management to strengthening the overall social safety system by considering long-term policies, institutional structures and collective efforts by all members and associate members to help the people of the region to manage risks,
Emphasizing the importance of fostering an integrated social safety net, particularly the necessity of establishing a social safety net which provides necessary assistance to the unemployed, the poor and senior citizens as well as other vulnerable groups,
www.worldenable.net /bmf2004/doc_res59-2.htm   (584 words)

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